non·​law·​yer | \ ˌnän-ˈlȯ-yər, -ˈlȯi-ər\
plural nonlawyers

Definition of nonlawyer

: one who is not a lawyer : one who does not practice law as a profession It asserts that a nonlawyer doing his own legal problem-solving has a fool for a client.— Martin S. Harris, Jr. explaining the ruling to nonlawyers

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Hewitt said Plunkett had an ability to relate to people from all kinds of backgrounds and worked to make sure that nonlawyers in his court came away with a respect for the system. Graydon Megan,, "Paul Plunkett, former federal judge in Chicago, dies," 4 Apr. 2018 Washington, however, does not ban firms owned by nonlawyers. Elizabeth Olson, New York Times, "PwC, the Accounting Giant, Will Open a Law Firm in the U.S.," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nonlawyer

1808, in the meaning defined above

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