attorney general

noun
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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Like the senators who voted against confirming William Barr as attorney general, most Democrats are intent on opposing anything that President Trump may want, regardless of its merits. WSJ, "President Trump Is Right: There Is a Border Emergency," 21 Feb. 2019 Underwood is the first woman to serve as New York attorney general. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 2018 Last year, as Missouri's attorney general, Hawley launched a wide-ranging investigation into Google's business practices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic," 24 Nov. 2018 Is her eye on the senate seat that might become vacant if Lindsey Graham achieves his dream of replacing beleaguered Jeff Sessions as attorney general? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Jared Kushner Is a Hidden Genius," 14 Oct. 2018 But in recent days the White House has seen the pressure ebb, as Kavanaugh’s defenders — most recently Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush — have provided balance. BostonGlobe.com, "Announcement of Trump’s Supreme Court choice nears," 8 July 2018 But in recent days the White House has seen the pressure ebb, as Kavanaugh’s defenders — most recently Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush — have provided balance. Catherine Lucey, Washington Post, "Trump mulls Supreme Court choice from 2 or 3 candidates," 7 July 2018 The former attorney general of California and the first senator ever elected of either Indian or Jamaican descent (her mom is originally from Chennai, an Indian state, and her dad Jamaica). Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 Vox’s Tara Golshan detailed a few of the ways the legislation diminishes Evers’s authority, along with the authority of AG-elect Kaul relative to the outgoing Republican attorney general, Brad Schimel. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Scott Walker accidentally reveals he doesn’t get Venn diagrams while downplaying GOP’s power grab," 14 Dec. 2018

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1585, in the meaning defined above

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attorney general

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attorney general

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

attorney general

noun
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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