non·​law·​yer | \ ˌnän-ˈlȯ-yər How to pronounce nonlawyer (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Now, three years after being sworn into Congress, Demings, 62, had been chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as one of seven House members to manage the impeachment trial of President Trump, the only nonlawyer selected for the task. Washington Post, "Val Demings has an American dream. The impeachment trial is testing it.," 29 Jan. 2020 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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“Nonlawyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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