alienist definition by Webster's New World
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psychiatrist, esp. one who testifies in a court of law
Origin: French aliéniste ; from Classical Latin alienatio: see alienation
alienist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A physician who has been accepted by a court of law as an expert on the mental competence of principals or witnesses appearing before it.
Origin: French aliéniste, from aliéné, insane, from Latin aliēnātus, past participle of aliēnāre, to deprive of reason; see alienate.
alienist - Medical Definition
A physician accepted by a court of law as an expert on the mental competence of principals or witnesses.