law·​yer·​ing ˈlȯ-yə-riŋ How to pronounce lawyering (audio)
often disparaging
: the profession or work of a lawyer

Examples of lawyering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glen Banfield, who Schrunk hired into his first lawyering job in 2003, said Schrunk was supportive of new lawyers and understanding that making mistakes was part of growing to be a better prosecutor. oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2023 This is the audacious lawyering that landed the producers their greatest coup. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2023 But she was not destined for lawyering and instead made an early career out of a skill her dad imparted. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2022 Heck, civil cases going to trial are so rare that such circumstances are sometimes outsourced to attorneys specializing in trial lawyering. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 These are dark, dense, and darkly funny shows about drugs, cartels, and suspect lawyering. Frederick Hess, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Finding herself anew, Alice begins to daydream of leaving her lawyering days behind. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 8 Aug. 2022 Then there was the less-regular lawyering by one of Depp’s attorneys, Adam Waldman, who got kicked off the case in October 2020 after a judge found that Waldman had leaked confidential information to the press, according to Courthouse News. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 For others, creative lawyering will be necessary to do what is possible to help investors overcome the hurdles of current processing realities. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 24 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawyering was in 1676

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“Lawyering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


: the profession or work of a lawyer
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