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counsel

noun coun·sel \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of counsel

1 a :advice given especially as a result of consultation
  • He was unwise to reject my counsel.
b :a policy or plan of action or behavior
3 a archaic :purpose
b :guarded thoughts or intentions
  • He was chary and given to keeping his own counsel.
4 a 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
b :consultant 2

Examples of counsel in a Sentence

  1. We seek counsel from the rich and powerful to learn their secret … —Ken TuckerEntertainment Weekly13 Feb. 2004
  2. 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 MorrisonThe Bluest Eye(1970) 1994
  3. 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. BorkThe Tempting Of America1990
  4. 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 TrollopeThe Eustace Diamonds1871
  5. You were unwise to reject my counsel.

  6. The student sought counsel from her teacher.

  7. She is serving as counsel for the defendant.

  8. All counsel are expected to obey the rules of the court.

Recent Examples of counsel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of counsel

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


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counsel

verb coun·sel \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl \

Definition of counsel

counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling play \ˈkau̇n(t)-s(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
:advise
  • counselled them to avoid rash actions …
  • —George Orwell
intransitive verb
:consult
  • counseled with her husband

Examples of counsel in a Sentence

  1. He balked at authority and, according to Mr. Green, tuned you out if you tried to counsel him. —David GrannNew Republic14 Feb. 2000
  2. She had six children, whom she counseled and with great wisdom and patience. —Erma BombeckThe Best of Bombeck(1965) 1967
  3. I had counselled Catherine to dine upstairs, but as soon as he perceived her vacant seat he sent me to call her. —Emily BrontëWuthering Heights1847
  4. He counsels people who are trying to quit drinking.

  5. concerned parents counseling about the problem of substance abuse in their community

Recent Examples of counsel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of counsel



COUNSEL Defined for English Language Learners

counsel

noun

Definition of counsel for English Language Learners

  • : advice given to someone

  • law : a lawyer who represents a person or group in a court of law


counsel

verb

Definition of counsel for English Language Learners

  • : to give advice to (someone)

  • : to listen to and give support or advice to (someone) especially as a job

  • : to suggest or recommend (something)


COUNSEL Defined for Kids

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counsel

noun coun·sel \ ˈkau̇n-səl \

Definition of counsel for Students

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

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counsel

verb

Definition of counsel for Students

counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling
1 :to give advice to :advise
  • She counseled him to study harder.
2 :to suggest or recommend
  • The doctor counseled rest.

Medical Dictionary

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counsel

noun coun·sel \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl \

medical Definition of counsel

:advice given especially as a result of consultation

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counsel

transitive verb

medical Definition of counsel

counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling play \-s(ə-)liŋ\
:to advise especially seriously and formally after consultation

Law Dictionary

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counsel

noun coun·sel \ ˈkau̇n-səl \

legal Definition of counsel

plural counsel
:lawyer: as
a :a lawyer participating in the management or trial of a case in court
  • …to have the assistance of counsel for his defense
  • U.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 counsel
  • National Law Journal

Origin and Etymology of counsel

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


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counsel

transitive verb

legal Definition of counsel

counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling


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