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.

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. 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. Timothy Parlatore:

    A lot of times you try to minimize the number of defense witnesses because as a defense attorney you don’t have the burden of proof, the prosecution does, the more of a robust case you put on, the more you cause the jury to sit there and say, ‘Did the defense prove their case?’.

  2. Ben CrumpReplayMore:

    Today was a huge step toward justice. We are grateful for the diligence and dedication of the FBI and the DOJ as they investigated what led to Breonna's murder and what transpired afterwards. The justice that Breonna received today would not have been possible without the efforts of Attorney General Merrick Garland or Assistant AG for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke, we hope this announcement of a guilty plea sends a message to all other involved officers that it is time to stop covering up and time to accept responsibility for their roles in causing the death of an innocent, beautiful young Black woman.

  3. Steven Mnuchin:

    If you look at Amazon, although they're certain benefits to it, they've destroyed the retail industry across the United States, i don't have an opinion other than I think it's absolutely right the attorney general is looking into these issues and I look forward to listening to his recommendations to the president.

  4. Mathew Rosengart:

    To its credit, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is rejecting the misdemeanor allegation against Britney Spears, which the Sheriff’s Department The Ventura County Sheriff has acknowledged was a ‘ very minor ’ or ‘ extremely minor ’ incident, even as alleged, and there also was no striking and obviously no injuries.

  5. Ivanka Trump:

    It affected my perspective, i respect Attorney General Barr so I accepted what Bill Barr was saying.

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