What does Attorney mean?

Definitions for Attorney
əˈtɜr niat·tor·ney

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lawyer, attorneynoun

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


  1. attorneynoun

    In the United States, a lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.

  2. attorneynoun

    An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else's behalf.

    Usage note: In this sense, the word is now used to refer to nonlawyers usually only in fixed phrases such as attorney-in-fact or power of attorney.

  3. Etymology: atornee, feminine past participle of atorner (to prepare, to ready), compare attorn

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Attorneynoun

    1. Such a person as by consent, commandment, or request, takes heed, sees, and takes upon him the charge of other men’s business, in their absence. Attorney is either general or special: Attorney general is he that by general authority is appointed to all our affairs or suits; as the attorney general of the king, which is nearly the same with Procurator Cæsaris in the Roman empire. Attorneys general are made either by the king’s letters patent, or by our appointment before justices in eyre, in open court. Attorney special or particular, is he that is employed in one or more causes particularly specified. There are also, in respect of the divers courts, attorneys at large, and attorneys special, belonging to this or that court only. John Cowell

    Etymology: attornatus, low Lat. from tour, Fr. Celui quivient à tour d'autrui; qui alterius vices subit.

    Ephraim Chambers.

    I am a subject,
    And challenge law: attorneys are deny’d me,
    And therefore personally I lay my claim
    To mine inheritance. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    The king’s attorney, on the contrary,
    Urg’d on examinations, proofs, confessions,
    Of divers witnesses. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Despairing quacks with curses fled the place,
    And vile attorneys, now an useless race. Alexander Pope, Epist. iii.

    I will attend my husband; it is my office;
    And will have no attorney but myself;
    And therefore let me have him home. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    Why should calamity be full of words? ————
    —— Windy attorneys to their client woes,
    Airy succeeders of intestate joys. William Shakespeare, Richard III t.

  2. To Attorneyverb

    the verb is now no not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun;

    Their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attornied with interchange of gifts. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    As I was then
    Advertising, and holy to your business,
    Not changing heart with habit, I am still
    Attornied to your service. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.


  1. attorney

    An attorney is a professional individual who is licensed to practice law, advise clients on legal matters, represent them in court, and prepare legal documents. This term is often used interchangeably with lawyer. They can specialize in different areas such as criminal law, family law, corporate law, or civil rights law, among others. Attorneys also have a responsibility to uphold the law and maintain ethical standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attorneynoun

    a substitute; a proxy; an agent

  2. Attorneynoun

    one who is legally appointed by another to transact any business for him; an attorney in fact

  3. Attorneynoun

    a legal agent qualified to act for suitors and defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law

  4. Attorneyverb

    to perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy

  5. Etymology: [OE. aturneye, OF. atorn, p. p. of atorner: cf. LL. atturnatus, attornatus, fr. attornare. See Attorn.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attorney

    at-tur′ni, n. one legally authorised to act for another—hence the sense of the phrases 'in person' and 'by attorney:' one legally qualified to manage cases in a court of law: a solicitor—a solicitor or attorney prepares cases and does general law business, while a barrister pleads before the courts: (pl.) Attor′neys.—v.t. Attor′ney (Shak.), to perform by proxy, to employ as a proxy.—ns. Attor′ney-gen′eral, the first ministerial law-officer of the Crown in England and Ireland: the title of the king's attorney in the duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, and the county palatine of Durham: in the United States, one of the seven officials who constitute the president's cabinet, the head of the department of Justice; Attor′neyship, Attor′neyism, Attor′neydom.—Attorney-at-law, or Public attorney, a professional and duly qualified legal agent; Attorney in fact, or Private attorney, one duly appointed by letter or power of attorney to act for another in matters of contract, money payments, and the like.—Letter warrant, or Power of attorney, the formal instrument by one person authorising another to perform certain acts for him. [O. Fr. atorne—Low L. attornatusatornāre, to commit business to another. See Turn.]

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  1. attorney


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Attorney in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Attorney in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Attorney in a Sentence

  1. Brad Parscale:

    Although Matt Bevin has not outlined Matt Bevin next steps, Kentucky law provides for a variety of possiblechallenges -- including a recount, a recanvass, or a legal challenge to the election based on irregularities. There is no automatic recount process under Kentucky law. TRUMP CALLS ON ANGRY MAJORITY TO BOOST Matt Bevin, IN NOD TO REAGANS MORAL MAJORITY AND NIXONS SILENT MAJORITY Regardless of the final outcome, the razor-thin margin in the race did not come as a surprise Republicans. Although President Trump carried deep-red Kentucky by 30 points in the 2016 presidential election, Matt Bevin has long beenunusually unpopular for a Republican in the state, owing in part to President Trump numerous spats with striking public school teachers and President Trump plan to address a growing pension crisis. Kentucky Governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, right, shakes hands with a poll worker after casting Kentucky Governor ballot in the state's general election in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. ( AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Bevinsignificantly underperformedthe rest of the The GOP ticket on the ballot in Kentucky on Tuesday, as Republican Daniel Cameron handily won hisrace to become the states next attorney general. Cameronmade history as thefirst African-American to be electedKentucky Attorney Generaland the first Republican to hold the post in more than 70 years. DEMS SWEEP VIRGINIA STATE HOUSE, SENATE ELECTIONS, CAPPING STATES DRAMATIC LEFTWARD SHIFT In a major indicatorthat Bevin isunpopular among Kentuckians, Republican Daniel Cameron received 774,864 votes in his 15-percentage-point win -- while Matt Bevin garnered only approximately 700,000 votes for Matt Bevin marquee gubernatorial bid. It is highly unusual for down-ballot races to attract more voter interest than gubernatorial contests. Republican Daniel Cameron was elected the state's first-ever black Attorney General on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) Meanwhile, Republican attorney and former elections board member Michael Adams was easily elected as Kentuckys next secretary of state, andRepublican Mike Harmon wasre-elected as Kentucky auditor. Additionally, Republican Ryan Quarles was re-elected as Kentucky commissioner of agriculture, and The GOP incumbent Allison Ball won a second term as Kentuckys treasurer. Those results -- and Bevins unique vulnerabilities -- led Kentucky Republicans to dismiss claims that the gubernatorial race had any meaningfulnational implications. President Trumps rally helped five of six Kentucky Republicans win clear statewide victories, including Attorney General-elect Republican Daniel Cameron, who will be the first black A.G. in Kentucky history and the first Republican to hold the office since 1948, the President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end. A final outcome remains to be seen. However, in what could be a worrying sign for Republicans in the long term, Matt Bevin underperformed inNorthern Kentucky, typically a The GOP stronghold, and among suburban voters in several counties outside of Cincinnati. Apparently aware of his problems with voters, Matt Bevin had remarkedin February.

  2. Evelle J. Younger:

    An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for months or years. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.

  3. Thomas Saenz:

    If Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke're doing something similar, then even if Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke're not in a covered situation Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke should pause, and consider whether Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke want to go through with it, because the risk Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke will be sued by a private party or the government is pretty high at that point.

  4. Cynthia Donald:

    After the first time Eddie Johnson attorney sexually assaulted me in Eddie Johnson attorney office at Chicago Police Department headquarters Eddie Johnson attorney told me that I belonged to Eddie Johnson attorney. Eddie Johnson attorney referred to me as Eddie Johnson attorney girl.

  5. Kendall Coffey:

    I would hope that as a community we are learning to ask more questions about meteoric financial rises, yet I'm uncertain if anything has really changed (after Rothstein)," said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney who represented Rothstein's law firm after the Ponzi scheme was uncovered.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. adscripted
    • B. ambidextrous
    • C. ultimo
    • D. incumbent

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