Attorney meaning

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Lawyer; one who dispenses legal advice to clients and advocates for them.
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Any person legally empowered to act as agent for, or in behalf of, another; esp., a lawyer.
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(US) A lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.
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The definition of an attorney is a professional who has graduated from law school and who is licensed to represent clients in legal matters.

An example of an attorney is a person who represents you in court in a divorce, who helps you to draft your will or who files a lawsuit on your behalf after a car accident.

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One who is the agent or representative of another and is authorized, pursuant to a power of attorney, to act on their behalf.
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One who is specially trained and licensed by a state to practice law.
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One whose profession is to provide advice or to act or represent others in legal matters. See also district attorney, public defender, and counsel.
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The attorney at law or the law firm designated in a court’s records as representing a particular party in a particular action. As long as a party is represented by an attorney of record, all documents, correspondence, and other communications that are intended for that party, whether from the court or the other parties in the action, must go instead to the attorney of record.
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An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else's behalf.
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A person who is legally qualified and licensed to represent a person in a legal matter, such as a transaction or lawsuit.
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Origin of attorney

  • Middle English attourney from Old French atorne from past participle of atorner to appoint attorn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French atornee, feminine past participle of atorner (to prepare, to ready), compare attorn

    From Wiktionary