Definition of solicitor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪtər//
    People in law, Business people, Professions
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  1. 1(British English) a lawyer who prepares legal documents, for example for the sale of land or buildings, advises people on legal matters, and can speak for them in some courts of law 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. In England and Wales, a lawyer who is qualified to speak in the higher courts of law is called a barrister. In Scotland a barrister is called an advocate. In North American English 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. Solicitor is the British English term for a lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares documents, for example when you are buying a house, and sometimes has the right to speak in a court of law. In North American English solicitor is only used in the titles of some lawyers who work for the government:Solicitor General. See related entries: People in law, Business people, Professions
  2. 2(North American English) a person whose job is to visit or telephone people and try to sell them something
  3. 3(North American English) the most senior legal officer of a city, town or government department
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting an agent or deputy): from Old French solliciteur, from solliciter, from Latin sollicitare ‘agitate’, from sollicitus ‘anxious’, from sollus ‘entire’ + citus (past participle of ciere ‘set in motion’).Extra examples I discussed the matter with my instructing solicitor. She is still a practising solicitor at the age of sixty-two. There will be no court duty solicitor today. Bridge joined the firm as an assistant solicitor. He will have a meeting with the duty solicitor. Her first step was to contact a solicitor for advice. Mr Andrew Davis, solicitor for the Jones family, read a statement.
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