law·​yer·​ing | \ ˈlȯ-yə-riŋ How to pronounce lawyering (audio) , ˈlȯi-ə- \

Definition of lawyering

often disparaging
: the profession or work of a lawyer

Examples of lawyering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was some really atrocious lawyering on the other side in these cases. Claudia Dreifus, The New York Review of Books, 1 June 2021 Now here’s some lawyering that may turn out to be too clever by half. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2021 But military and intelligence operators chafed under the limits of the 2013 rules, complaining that the process had become prone to too much lawyering and interminable meetings. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2021 Misconduct and slippery lawyering at the upper echelon of the department created a permission structure for misbehavior all the way down the departmental hierarchy. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2020 Soon, the company was setting up what would become—after a long period of preparation, consultation, rule making, tool construction, lawyering, and hiring—the body that will finally meet sometime in mid- or late October. Steven Levy, Wired, 2 Oct. 2020 What looks like crass opportunism or blatant hypocrisy to some looks like pragmatic leadership and good lawyering to others. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2020 Will any of this creative lawyering lead to success? Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 14 May 2020 In Louisiana, at the time of the civil rights movement, lawyering was really thin and Richard was a major player. Chevel Johnson,, 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lawyering

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Lawyering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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Legal Definition of lawyering

: the profession or work of a lawyer


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