attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
plural attorneys

Definition of attorney

: one who is legally appointed to transact business on another's behalf especially : lawyer

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Other Words from attorney

attorneyship \ ə-​ˈtər-​nē-​ˌship How to pronounce attorneyship (audio) \ noun

Examples of attorney in a Sentence

talked to the count's attorney about buying land from his estate finished law school and became an attorney

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Tim Parlatore joined the Navy SEAL's legal team in March and was Gallagher’s lead defense attorney during his court-martial. Fox News, "Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher sues his ex-lawyers, military nonprofit," 15 Sep. 2019 On that program, Webb’s attorney defends the sticker as having literary value. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Tosh.0’ returns, features Florida man on sticker crusade," 13 Sep. 2019 Arriola’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mental competency in question for man accused of gunning down Oceanside neighbor," 13 Sep. 2019 Defense attorneys have characterized Adella as an unreliable witness who cut a deal to get out of jail. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Key witness in Tiffany Li murder case arrested, trial delayed again," 12 Sep. 2019 In his motion for the prosecution to share additional evidence in the case, defense attorney William Walsh zeroed in on the basis of Dial’s assault charge. oregonlive, "Key protest witness nowhere near bus during Portland hammer attack, lawyer says," 12 Sep. 2019 Still, the former federal prosecutor appointed by Trump earlier this year frequently tried to help Zhang navigate the trial by stepping in where defense attorneys normally would. sun-sentinel.com, "Chinese businesswoman convicted in Mar-a-Lago trespass case," 11 Sep. 2019 All this has been a prelude to the hearing taking place this week, during which Hapgood’s attorneys will present evidence and witnesses in an attempt to convince the attorney general to dismiss charges against their client. Ezra Marcus, Town & Country, "In Anguilla, Scott Hapgood Awaits His Fate," 10 Sep. 2019 Louise Dobbe worked as an attorney for United and advised its fraud unit for more than a decade. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "We Asked Prosecutors if Health Insurance Companies Care About Fraud. They Laughed at Us.," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of attorney

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attorney

Middle English attourney, from Anglo-French aturné, past participle of aturner — see attorn

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More Definitions for attorney

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
plural attorneys

Kids Definition of attorney

: a person and usually a lawyer who acts for another in business or legal matters

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
plural attorneys

Legal Definition of attorney

: a person authorized to act on another's behalf especially : lawyer — see also attorney-in-fact

History and Etymology for attorney

Anglo-French atorné legal representative, from past participle of atorner to designate, appoint, from Old French, to prepare, arrange — see attorn

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