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 41-year-old then decided to leave acting behind to study law and became a solicitor. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Australian Actor Ben Unwin, Star of Long-Running Soap Home and Away, Dies at 41," 21 Aug. 2019 Some solicitors try to scare seniors into cooperating, said Shimon Richmond, an assistant inspector general for investigations. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 Some solicitors try to scare seniors into cooperating, said Shimon Richmond, an assistant inspector general for investigations. NBC News, "Genetic-testing scam targets seniors and rips off Medicare," 31 July 2019 Region classifications, however, complicate the matter for Carroll, according to Victor Tervala, chief solicitor for the Office of General Counsel for Baltimore city. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019 Finally, Jack Robson joins the team as business affairs manager, having previously served as a trainee solicitor at London law firm Sound Advice (Legal) LLP. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Sony/ATV UK Ups Andrew Spence to VP, Head of Legal & Business Affairs Amid Wave of Promotions," 2 July 2019 In spite of that fencing, her family has one of the prettiest gardens in the neighborhood, only partially obstructed from view by signs that warn solicitors not to ring the doorbell. New York Times, "Moving This Summer? Consider a Hard Hat," 21 June 2019 Under the bill, any telephone solicitor who masks their real number on caller ID so that the call appears to come from a local number or a familiar number can be fined up to $5,000. USA TODAY, "Moon trees, moon film, monk honored: News from around our 50 states," 23 July 2019 On the arm of Softly was not his fiancée, the solicitor Stella McIlenden, but one of Stella’s younger sisters, Denise, a primary-school teacher and finalist in the 2014 Mayo Rose of Tralee pageant. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019

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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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