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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attorney mean? 

  The noun ATTORNEY has 1 sense:

1. a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

  Familiarity information: ATTORNEY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


attorney; lawyer

Hypernyms ("attorney" is a kind of...):

professional; professional person (a person engaged in one of the learned professions)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attorney"):

advocate; counsel; counsellor; counselor; counselor-at-law; pleader (a lawyer who pleads cases in court)

trial attorney; trial lawyer (a lawyer who specializes in defending clients before a court of law)

solicitor (a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents)

referee (an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case)

public defender (a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense)

prosecuting attorney; prosecuting officer; prosecutor; public prosecutor (a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state)

divorce lawyer (a lawyer specializing in actions for divorce or annulment)

defense attorney; defense lawyer (the lawyer representing the defendant)

conveyancer (a lawyer who specializes in the business of conveying properties)

barrister (a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law)

ambulance chaser (an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue)

Instance hyponyms:

Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln; President Abraham Lincoln; President Lincoln (16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865))

Francis Scott Key; Key (United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled 'The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843))

Hoover; J. Edgar Hoover; John Edgar Hoover (United States lawyer who was director of the FBI for 48 years (1895-1972))

Hays; Will Hays; William Harrison Hays (United States lawyer and politician who formulated a production code that prescribed the moral content of United States films from 1930 to 1966 (1879-1954))

Arthur Garfield Hays; Hays (United States lawyer involved in several famous court trials (1881-1954))

Clarence Darrow; Clarence Seward Darrow; Darrow (United States lawyer famous for his defense of lost causes (1857-1938))

Boy Orator of the Platte; Bryan; Great Commoner; William Jennings Bryan (United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925))

Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd; Averroes; ibn-Roshd (Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198))

Holonyms ("attorney" is a member of...):

attorney-client relation; lawyer-client relation (the responsibility of a lawyer to act in the best interests of the client)

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