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Meaning of COUNSEL

Pronunciation:  'kawnsul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  2. [n]  a lawyer who pleads cases in court
  3. [v]  give advice to

COUNSEL is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: advise, advocate, counseling, counselling, counsellor, counselor, counselor-at-law, direction, guidance, pleader
 See Also: admonish, attorney, career counseling, confidential information, consult, content, contraindicate, deter, discourage, discuss, dissuade, exhort, genetic counseling, guideline, hint, lawyer, lead, marriage counseling, message, misadvise, misadvize, misguide, monish, press, propound, steer, subject matter, substance, talk over, tip, tip off, urge, urge on, warn, wind



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Coun"sel\ (koun"s?l), n. [OE. conc?l, F. conseil, fr.
    L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of
    uncertain origin. Cf. {Consult}, {Consul}.]
    1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation.
             All the chief priest and elders of the people took
             counsel against Jesus, to put him to death. --Matt.
                                                   xxvii. 1.
    2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate
       judgment; prudence.
             They all confess, therefore, in the working of that
             first cause, that counsel is used.    --Hooker.
    3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction.
             I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised. --Shak.
             It was ill counsel had misled the girl. --Tennyson.
    4. Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
             The counsel of the Lord standeth forever. --Ps.
                                                   xxxiii. 11.
             The counsels of the wicked are deceit. --Prov. xii.
    5. A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter.
             Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid.
    6. One who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one
       professionally engaged in the trial or management of a
       cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates
       united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has
       able counsel.
             The King found his counsel as refractory as his
             judges.                               --Macaulay.
    Note: The some courts a distinction is observed between the
          attorney and the counsel in a cause, the former being
          employed in the management iof the more mechanical
          parts of the suit, the latter in attending to the
          pleadings, managing the cause at the trial, and in
          applying the law to the exigencies of the case during
          the whole progress of the suit. In other courts the
          same person can exercise the powers of each. See
          {Attorney}. --Kent.
    {In counsel}, in secret. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {To keep counsel}, or
    {To keep one's own counsel}, to keep one's thoughts,
       purposes, etc., undisclosed.
             The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all.
    Syn: Advice; consideration; consultation; purpose; scheme;
  2. \Coun"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Counseled} (-s?ld) or
    {Counselled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Counseling} or {Counselling}.]
    [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller, fr. L. consiliari,
    fr. consilium counsel.]
    1. To give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a
             Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you To leave
             this place.                           --Shak.
    2. To advise or recommend, as an act or course.
             They who counsel war.                 --Milton.
             Thus Belial, with words clothed in reson's garb,
             Counseled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth. --Milton.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A legal adviser; a term used to refer to lawyers in a case.
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