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

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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 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 Trump also has yet to put forward nominees for such jobs as solicitor, inspector general, special trustee for American Indians and assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land," 3 July 2018 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

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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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