Counsel Definition

kounsəl
counseled, counseling, counselled, counselling, counsels
noun
counsels
A mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.; discussion and deliberation.
Webster's New World
Advice resulting from such an exchange.
Webster's New World
Any advice.
Webster's New World
Private, guarded thoughts or opinions.
Keep one's own counsel.
American Heritage
A lawyer or group of lawyers giving advice about legal matters and representing clients in court.
Webster's New World
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verb
counseled, counseling, counselled, counselling, counsels
To give advice to; advise.
Webster's New World
To give or take advice.
Webster's New World
To recommend.
Counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.
American Heritage
To urge the acceptance of (an action, plan, etc.); recommend.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
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other
One or more lawyers who are employees of a business and provide legal advice and representation only for that business.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law
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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idiom
keep one's own counsel
  • to keep one's thoughts, plans, etc. to oneself
Webster's New World
take counsel
  • to discuss and deliberate; exchange advice, opinions, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Counsel

Noun

Singular:
counsel
Plural:
counsels

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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

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