attorney general

plural attorneys general or attorney generals

Definition of attorney general

: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal adviser

Examples of attorney general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outgoing Alabama Democratic Senator Doug Jones, who recently lost his re-election bid, is among those under consideration for attorney general, three people said. CBS News, "Joe Biden's top Cabinet contenders come into focus," 19 Nov. 2020 Borges has known Yost for years and advised his 2018 campaign for attorney general. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ex-Ohio GOP leader Matt Borges says he didn't bribe anyone, Yost 'chasing headlines'," 16 Nov. 2020 Omar, in Sunday's email, wrote that Hailer was one of the first people to reach out when Ellison announced his bid for state attorney general in 2018. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar severs financial ties with husband's political firm," 16 Nov. 2020 While other James supporters have pointed out that Peters took about three weeks to concede in his 2002 race for Michigan attorney general, that race was decided by about 5,200 votes, a much thinner margin. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Echoing Trump, congressional candidates refuse to concede, make unproven fraud claims," 10 Nov. 2020 Those speakers included several down ballot Republican candidates such as U.S. Senate candidate Jo Rae Perkins and Michael Cross, who ran for state attorney general. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Election results spur conspiracies and unrest in Oregon's capitol," 9 Nov. 2020 James, a Democrat, has been a vocal critic of Trump and ran for state attorney general on a promise to investigate him, his family and his company. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "'Vulnerable to prosecution': When Trump leaves White House, presidential 'cloak of immunity' goes away," 7 Nov. 2020 In either the 2002 race for attorney general or Abbott’s re-election effort four years later, Phelan began taping a commercial using a script. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Mary Lucy Phalen, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mother-in-law, dies at 86," 7 Nov. 2020 The Democratic candidate for Indiana attorney general is calling on the state to legalize marijuana, saying that doing so would reduce the state’s prison and jail populations and generate millions of dollars for public education., "Democratic attorney general candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel calls for Indiana to legalize pot," 27 Oct. 2020

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1585, in the meaning defined above

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“Attorney general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of attorney general

: the chief lawyer of a country or state who represents the government in legal matters

attorney general

plural attorneys general or attorney generals

Legal Definition of attorney general

: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal advisor

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