solicitor

noun
so·lic·i·tor | \ sə-ˈli-sə-tər , -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, -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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In the Antioch incident, Covelli said Antioch police responded to the 400 block of Donin Road for a solicitor complaint. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Fatal police shooting, 8-hour barricade and bank robbery being probed in Lake County — all involved long rifles," 24 May 2018 What was the city solicitor attempting to find, and what, if anything, was found? Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati solicitor hired a locksmith to get into Park Board closet," 2 May 2018 Kavanaugh also served in the solicitor’s office under President George H.W. Bush. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "President Trump passes over Kentuckian Amul Thapar for Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 The contract was approved by the City Council on a 9-0 vote last fall, but only after five councilors received special permission from the city solicitor to cast their votes. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Raises for Methuen officers are astronomical — and a surprise for the city," 25 June 2018 The proceedings took on a surreal air as the solicitor-general, Robert Buckland, repeatedly interrupted Mr Grieve’s speech to offer concessions. The Economist, "Theresa May postpones the tricky Brexit decisions again," 14 June 2018 Wild, who was the first female solicitor in Allentown, Pa., echoed the sentiment. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "Pennsylvania Will Send A Woman To Congress — Which Hasn't Happened Since 2015," 16 May 2018 Black said the visit happened after work hours and denied asking the city's female solicitor to go with the group, which Cranley has alleged. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "NAACP: Mayor John Cranley 'divisive and unproductive and downright embarrassing'," 16 Mar. 2018 Leonard Lewis Silverstein was born in Scranton, Pa., on Jan. 21, 1922; his father, a lawyer, became city solicitor. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Leonard Silverstein, Washington tax lawyer and arts patron, dies at 96," 15 Feb. 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

: 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

: a chief law officer of a city, town, or government department

solicitor

noun
so·lic·i·tor | \ sə-ˈli-sə-tər \

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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