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

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The attorney general said Anaya was suspected of laundering money., "Mexican voters going to the polls in historic elections that have been marred by vote-buying and violence," 1 July 2018 New York's attorney general has sued the Trump Foundation, along with Donald Trump and his children. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 15: FBI report, immigration, Trump Foundation, Argentina, teens," 15 June 2018 The Knesset’s legal adviser, Eyal Yinon, and representatives of the attorney general’s office have expressed similar concerns. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Jewish or democratic? Israel debates its founding principles.," 12 July 2018 There were 1,093 reported hate crimes in California in 2017, a 17.4% increase, according to a report released Monday by the California attorney general’s office. James Queally,, "Hate crimes rise in California for third straight year, state report says," 10 July 2018 The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office officially charged Gainey in May, and the judge ruled Monday that there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Claudia Lauer, The Seattle Times, "Nurse to face trial in fatal fall of McMaster’s father," 9 July 2018 The company services loans for 12 million borrowers, including an estimated 1.5 million in California, according to the attorney general’s office. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "California Will Be Fourth State to Sue Navient Over Student Loans," 28 June 2018 The Georgia native returned to the state in 2012 to join the state attorney general’s office. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Potential Nominees to the Supreme Court," 27 June 2018 The law firm referred questions to the attorney general’s office. Colin Campbell,, "Maryland files petitions to change flight paths at BWI, Reagan airports to reduce noise," 26 June 2018

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1585, in the meaning defined above

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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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