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Definition of attorney noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a lawyer, especially one who can act for someone in court see also district attorney More Aboutlawyers Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law, to prepare legal documents for them, and/or to represent them in a court of law. Attorney is a more formal word used for a lawyer and is used especially in job titles:district attorney Counsel is the formal legal word used for a lawyer who is representing someone in court:counsel for the prosecution After a lawyer passes the exam allowing him or her to represent someone in court in a particular state, you say that he or she has passed the bar or is a member of the bar in that state.
  2. 2a person who is given the power to act on behalf of another in business or legal matters She was made her father's attorney when he became ill. see also power of attorney
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