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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Eighteen state police members and one member of the attorney general’s office are defendants. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 Harris, who previously served as California's attorney general -- and was district attorney of San Francisco, where Feinstein was once the mayor -- was elected to the Senate in 2016. Fox News, "Feinstein to host fundraiser for Biden, in another apparent snub of fellow Californian Kamala Harris," 15 Sep. 2019 The attorney general’s office did not provide a breakdown of which names were original to its report. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Missouri Attorney General Refers 12 Catholic Clergy for Prosecution," 13 Sep. 2019 The state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the attorney general’s office is among the busiest in the nation. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "We Asked Prosecutors if Health Insurance Companies Care About Fraud. They Laughed at Us.," 10 Sep. 2019 On Monday, Abbott appointed his former associate in the state attorney general’s office, Ruth Ruggero Hughs of Austin, to serve as secretary of state. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott taps Hispanic former aide as secretary of state after noncitizen voter flap," 19 Aug. 2019 Here are the important things to know about Kamala Harris' history as attorney general. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris' Attorney General Record, Explained," 16 Aug. 2019 The issues caught the attorney general office's attention when the office noticed that Outdoor Adventures had stopped addressing complaints this year, according to the notice. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan campsite rental company accused of deception, lies, high-pressure sales," 12 Aug. 2019 The New York attorney general's office is trying to determine how much money the Sacklers have and where that money is. Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy following proposed agreement to settle opioid lawsuits with multiple states," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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