counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : advice given especially as a result of consultation He was unwise to reject my counsel.
b : a policy or plan of action or behavior
3a archaic : purpose
b : guarded thoughts or intentions He was chary and given to keeping his own counsel.
4a plural counsel
(1) : a lawyer engaged in the trial or management of a case in court
(2) : a lawyer appointed to advise and represent in legal matters an individual client or a corporate and especially a public body

counsel

verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling\ ˈkau̇n(t)-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce counsel (audio) \; counsels

Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: advise counselled them to avoid rash actions …— George Orwell

intransitive verb

: consult … I remember Englishmen, like the Colensos, who sat and counseled with us; but above all, I remember Coleridge-Taylor.— W. E. B. Du Bois

Examples of counsel in a Sentence

Noun We seek counsel from the rich and powerful to learn their secret … — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly, 13 Feb. 2004 God had done a poor job, and Soaphead suspected that he himself could have done better. It was in fact a pity that the Maker had not sought his counsel. — Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, (1970) 1994 No matter how much time he is given, counsel would always like more, but the Chief Justice will not grant an extra minute unless the lawyer is responding to a question from the bench. — Robert H. Bork, The Tempting Of America, 1990 Counsel were to be employed.  … And when the matter had been decided by the lawyers, Lord Fawn was to express his regret for having suspected his lady-love! — Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds, 1871 You were unwise to reject my counsel. The student sought counsel from her teacher. She is serving as counsel for the defendant. All counsel are expected to obey the rules of the court. Verb He balked at authority and, according to Mr. Green, tuned you out if you tried to counsel him. — David Grann, New Republic, 14 Feb. 2000 She had six children, whom she counseled and with great wisdom and patience. — Erma Bombeck, The Best of Bombeck, (1965) 1967 I had counselled Catherine to dine upstairs, but as soon as he perceived her vacant seat he sent me to call her. — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847 He counsels people who are trying to quit drinking. concerned parents counseling about the problem of substance abuse in their community See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Borden, who now works as the senior policy counsel for international advocacy at the Southern Poverty Law Center, talked of incidents of sexism, saying her female friends have often traded stories amongst themselves. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, 12 Sep. 2022 Ty Cobb, who worked for Mr. Trump as a special White House counsel in 2017 and 2018, said the former president’s tendency to rail against prosecutors undermines his lawyers’ work. Alex Leary, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 Kirkland & Ellis serves as legal counsel for SKKY Partners. Todd Spangler, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 One of the most trenchant legal repudiations came from Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn, a Republican who had previously served as the chief legal counsel to Governor Scott Walker, when Walker was in office. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2022 But just two months later, she was tapped to serve as deputy legal counsel for then-governor Deval Patrick. Ivy Scott, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2022 Shan Wu is a former federal prosecutor who served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno. Norman Eisen And Shan Wu, CNN, 27 Aug. 2022 Karen Grant-Selma and Jennifer Giddens are leaving their respective roles as general counsel and chief marketing officer. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2022 Maloney as the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee and Goldman as the lead counsel for Democrats in the trial. Rick Klein, ABC News, 22 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An employer may counsel the offending individual, reassign the employee-victim, order the offender to leave, or stop doing business with the individual altogether and permanently bar him or her from the premises. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 Attorneys for Heard petitioned for a new trial, claiming that information on the jury panel list sent to counsel ahead of trial did not appear to match the demographics of one of the jurors, and so compromised Heard's rights to due process. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 13 July 2022 The nine-year sentence was close to the maximum of 10 years, and Blagovolina and co-counsel Alexander Boykov said after the conviction that the punishment was excessive. Jim Heintz, Chron, 15 Aug. 2022 Blagovolina and co-counsel Alexander Boykov said after the conviction that the sentence was excessive and that in similar cases defendants have received an average sentence of about five years, with about a third of them granted parole. Jim Heintz, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 People headed to housing court, Courtney, the Cleveland already has done something to help people in housing court with the [00:25:00] right to counsel for families in poverty. Staff Reports, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2022 Ministers, sometimes in small groups, would counsel roomfuls of patients, while non-clergy counselors would describe the procedure and detail its safety. Kim Bellware, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 Using telehealth, Caridi and her colleagues in Birmingham can counsel and screen patients from afar, sending them to Demopolis for most preliminary visits and imaging. al, 21 June 2022 Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, who represented Taylor's family, applauded the charges. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of counsel

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for counsel

Noun and Verb

Middle English conseil, from Anglo-French cunseil, from Latin consilium, from consulere to consult

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More Definitions for counsel

counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Kids Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : advice given My grandfather's counsel was to be patient.
2 plural counsel : a lawyer representing someone in court

counsel

verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling

Kids Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give advice to : advise She counseled him to study harder.
2 : to suggest or recommend The doctor counseled rest.

counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Medical Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: advice given especially as a result of consultation

counsel

transitive verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling\ -​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Medical Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to advise especially seriously and formally after consultation

counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \
plural counsel

Legal Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lawyer: as
a : a lawyer participating in the management or trial of a case in court …to have the assistance of counsel for his defenseU.S. Constitution amend. VI a right to counsel
b : a lawyer appointed or engaged to advise or represent a client in legal matters (as negotiations or the drafting of documents) — compare attorney

Note: A judge who has acted as counsel in a matter (as by advising an investigator) is disqualified from hearing the case.

of counsel
1 : assisting another lawyer in a case was attorney of counsel
2 : employed on a part-time basis a tax attorney will move also and become of counselNational Law Journal

counsel

transitive verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling

Legal Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

: advise

History and Etymology for counsel

Noun

Old French conseil advice, from Latin consilium discussion, advice, council, from consulere to consult

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