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Meaning of ATTORNEY

Pronunciation:  u'turnee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

ATTORNEY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: lawyer
 See Also: Abraham Lincoln, advocate, ambulance chaser, Arthur Garfield Hays, attorney-client relation, barrister, Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Clarence Seward Darrow, conveyancer, counsel, counsellor, counselor, counselor-at-law, Darrow, defense attorney, defense lawyer, divorce lawyer, Francis Scott Key, Hays, Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover, John Edgar Hoover, Key, lawyer-client relation, Lincoln, pleader, President Lincoln, professional, professional person, prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, prosecutor, public defender, public prosecutor, referee, solicitor, The Boy Orator of the Platte, the Great Commoner, trial attorney, trial lawyer, Will Hays, William Harrison Hays, William Jennings Bryan



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \At*tor"ney\, n.; pl. {Attorneys}. [OE. aturneye, OF.
    atorn['e], p. p. of atorner: cf. LL. atturnatus, attornatus,
    fr. attornare. See {Attorn}.]
    1. A substitute; a proxy; an agent. [Obs.]
             And will have no attorney but myself. --Shak.
    2. (Law)
       (a) One who is legally appointed by another to transact
           any business for him; an attorney in fact.
       (b) A legal agent qualified to act for suitors and
           defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law.
    Note: An attorney is either public or private. A private
          attorney, or an attorney in fact, is a person appointed
          by another, by a letter or power of attorney, to
          transact any business for him out of court; but in a
          more extended sense, this class includes any agent
          employed in any business, or to do any act in pais, for
          another. A public attorney, or attorney at law, is a
          practitioner in a court of law, legally qualified to
          prosecute and defend actions in such court, on the
          retainer of clients. --Bouvier. -- The attorney at law
          answers to the procurator of the civilians, to the
          solicitor in chancery, and to the proctor in the
          ecclesiastical and admiralty courts, and all of these
          are comprehended under the more general term lawyer. In
          Great Britain and in some states of the United States,
          attorneys are distinguished from counselors in that the
          business of the former is to carry on the practical and
          formal parts of the suit. In many states of the United
          States however, no such distinction exists. In England,
          since 1873, attorneys at law are by statute called
    {A power}, {letter}, or {warrant}, {of attorney}, a written
       authority from one person empowering another to transact
       business for him.
  2. \At*tor"ney\, v. t.
    To perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy. [Obs.] --Shak.
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