- The definition of counsel is advice given or an exchange of ideas or opinions.
An example of counsel is someone going to their mother for advice.
- a mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.; discussion and deliberation
- advice resulting from such an exchange
- any advice
- a lawyer or group of lawyers giving advice about legal matters and representing clients in court
- anyone whose advice is sought; consultant
- Archaic intention or resolution; purpose
- Archaic wisdom or judgment
- Obsolete a confidential idea, plan, etc.; secret
Origin of counselMiddle English and amp; Old French counseil ; from Classical Latin consilium (for base see consult); confused in Middle English with council
transitive verbcounseled or counselled, counseling or counselling
- to give advice to; advise
- to urge the acceptance of (an action, plan, etc.); recommend
keep one's own counsel
- The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation: joined in counsel with colleagues before deciding the issue.
- Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See Synonyms at advice.
- Private, guarded thoughts or opinions: keep one's own counsel.
- A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court.
verbcoun·seled, coun·sel·ing, coun·sels or coun·selled or coun·sel·ling
- To give counsel to; advise: counseled us to be prudent.
- To recommend: counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.
Origin of counselMiddle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium; akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel, consult.
(third-person singular simple present counsels, present participle counselling or counseling, simple past and past participle counselled or counseled)
- To give advice, especially professional advice.
- The lawyer counselled his client to remain silent.
- Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals counsel clients.
- To recommend
terms related to the noun or verb "counsel"
counsel - Legal Definition
- A lawyer or law firm retained to provide advice or representation on a particular matter when it would be a conflict of interest for the client’s regular lawyers to do so.
- A lawyer retained to conduct an unbiased investigation, especially one retained by a governmental body to investigate employees or officers of that body for alleged misconduct. See also prosecutor.
- A lawyer who assists the attorney of record in a trial or appeal with the preparation, management, or presentation of a case.
- A lawyer who is connected to a law firm, such as a retired partner who regularly provides advice, but who is not an associate, member, or partner of the firm.