- 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.
counsel definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English and amp; Old French counseil ; from Classical Latin consilium (for base see consult); confused in Middle English with council
- to give advice to; advise
- to urge the acceptance of (an action, plan, etc.); recommend
counsel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation.
- Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See Synonyms at advice.
- A plan of action.
- 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.
- To give counsel to; advise. See Synonyms at advise.
- To recommend: counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.
Origin: Middle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium; akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel, consult.
counsel - Business Definition
- An attorney who offers legal advice and representation in court.
- Guidance and advice. For example, a divorcee may receive counsel from a friend.
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.
counsel - Phrases/Idioms
keep one's own counsel