Counsel meaning

kounsəl
The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation.

Joined in counsel with colleagues before deciding the issue.

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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.

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To give counsel to; advise.

Counseled us to be prudent.

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Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person.
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Private, guarded thoughts or opinions.

Keep one's own counsel.

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A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court.
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To recommend.

Counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.

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To give or take advice.
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A mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.; discussion and deliberation.
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A confidential idea, plan, etc.; secret.
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To give advice to; advise.
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To urge the acceptance of (an action, plan, etc.); recommend.
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To give or take advice.
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Intention or resolution; purpose.
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One or more lawyers who provide advice to or represent a particular client. In the singular, also called a counselor. See also attorney.
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A lawyer appointed by a court to represent at the government’s expense a criminal defendant who cannot afford to retain his or her own lawyer.
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Same as attorney of record. See attorney.
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A lawyer or law firm that provides most or all of the legal advice and representation utilized by a client, especially by one that is a corporation or engages in business activities.
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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.
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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.
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One or more lawyers who are employees of a business and provide legal advice and representation only for that business.
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When more than one lawyer or law firm is hired to represent a party or parties in an action, especially in an action involving more than one jurisdiction, or to represent various plaintiffs in a class action, the lawyer or law firm that controls, coordinates, or manages the litigation and represents the interests of the parties or class as a whole.
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A lawyer licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction or before a particular court who assists a lawyer who is not licensed, but who has been given permission to provide advice and represent a client in an action in that jurisdiction or before that court, with matters regarding the application and interpretation of the local laws as well as with the local court customs, practices, and rules.
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A lawyer who assists the attorney of record in a trial or appeal with the preparation, management, or presentation of a case.
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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.
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A lawyer brought in to assist another lawyer or a law firm in a matter requiring their special experience, knowledge, or skills or to serve as independent counsel.
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The exchange of opinions and advice; consultation.
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Exercise of judgment; prudence.
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Advice; guidance.
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Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
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A lawyer, as in Queen's Counsel (QC).
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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.

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Wisdom or judgment.
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keep one's own counsel
  • To keep one's thoughts, plans, etc. to oneself.
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take counsel
  • To discuss and deliberate; exchange advice, opinions, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of counsel

  • Middle English counseil from Old French conseil from Latin cōnsilium cōnsulere to take counsel, consult

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

  • Middle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium; akin to cōnsulō (“take counsel, consult”).

    From Wiktionary