solicitor

noun
so·​lic·​i·​tor | \ sə-ˈli-sə-tər How to pronounce solicitor (audio) , -ˈli-stər\

Definition of solicitor

1 : one that solicits especially : an agent that solicits contributions (as to a charity)
2 : a British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts
3 : the chief law officer of a municipality, county, or government department

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Other Words from solicitor

solicitorship \ sə-​ˈli-​sə-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce solicitorship (audio) , -​ˈli-​stər-​ \ noun

Synonyms for solicitor

Synonyms

baiter, seducer, tempter

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Examples of solicitor in a Sentence

Solicitors will be arrested for trespassing. money, that great solicitor that has often succeeded in persuading people to sell their very souls

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The husband went outside to intervene and the solicitor pushed the woman. Washington Post, "Fairfax County crime report," 20 June 2019 The solicitor was advised about a permit and going door to door after dark. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Dump truck in ‘up’ position takes out utility lines: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 14 June 2019 George Saponaro, the town’s solicitor, said all of the residents should be in their new homes before that deadline arrives. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Nine new houses sit empty in Mount Holly. Here's why," 2 July 2018 City solicitor Andre Davis could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "De Sousa's resignation means no severance, but he will receive accrued leave, according to his contract," 15 May 2018 The township has posted on its Facebook page that solicitors' terms and conditions often include low introductory prices and purposely hide, in fine print, the often exorbitant price after the relatively short one- to three-month introductory term. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Green Township warns about energy scammers," 8 June 2018 Morganelli has slightly trailed both Greg Edwards, a liberal pastor, and Susan Wild, an Allentown city solicitor, in fundraising. David Weigel, Washington Post, "In Pennsylvania race, it’s Tom Steyer’s money vs. Bud Selig’s money," 3 May 2018 In 1999, an English solicitor named Sally Clark went on trial for the murder of her two infant sons. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Fixed mindsets” might be why we don’t understand statistics," 14 Oct. 2018 Oha Wellness, a group headed by former Philadelphia city solicitor Kenneth Trujillo, signed a pledge to support Lambert but did not write a check. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "He gave a $125k gift to Jefferson, expecting it would help get a marijuana growing license. Was it pay-to-play?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of solicitor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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solicitor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solicitor

US : a person whose job involves talking to many people and trying to persuade them to buy things, donate money, etc.
: a lawyer in Britain who assists people in legal matters and who can represent people in lower courts of law
US : a chief law officer of a city, town, or government department

solicitor

noun
so·​lic·​i·​tor | \ sə-ˈli-sə-tər How to pronounce solicitor (audio) \

Legal Definition of solicitor

1 : one that solicits especially : an agent that solicits customers (as in insurance) or charitable contributions
2 : a British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts
3 : the chief law officer of a municipality, county, or government department — see also city attorney

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