• Mr. Denis Henry, Attorney-General for Ireland
    Mr. Denis Henry, Attorney-General for Ireland
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attorney a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The US President's Cabinet is composed of: the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Interior, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health/Human Services, the Secretary of Housing/Urban Development, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Education.
    • Attorney (Law) A legal agent qualified to act for suitors and defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law.
    • Attorney A substitute; a proxy; an agent. "And will have no attorney but myself."
    • Attorney (Law) One who is legally appointed by another to transact any business for him; an attorney in fact.
    • v. t Attorney To perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n attorney One who is appointed by another to act in his place or stead; a proxy.
    • n attorney Specifically In law, one who is appointed or admitted in the place of another to transact any business for him. An attorney in fact, sometimes called a private attorney, is an attorney authorized to make contracts and do other acts for his principal, out of court. For this purpose a written authority is usual, but verbal authority is in general sufficient. For the performance of some acts, however, as conveyance of land, transfer of stock, etc., a formal power of attorney is necessary. An attorney at law, sometimes called a public attorney, is a person qualified to appear for another before a court of law to prosecute or defend an action on behalf of such other. The term was formerly applied especially to those practising before the supreme courts of common law, those practising in chancery being called solicitors. Under the present English system, all persons practising before the supreme courts at Westminster are called solicitors. In England attorneys or solicitors do not argue in court in behalf of their clients, this being the part of the barristers or counsel; their special functions may be defined to be: to institute actions on behalf of their clients and take necessary steps for defending them; to furnish counsel with the necessary materials to enable them to get up their pleadings; to practise conveyancing; to prepare legal deeds and instruments of all kinds; and generally to advise with and act for their clients in all matters connected with law. An attorney, whether private or public, may have general powers to act for another, or his power may be special, and limited to a particular act or acts. In the United States the term barrister is not used, the designation of a fully qualified lawyer being attorney and counselor at law. When employed simply to present a cause in court, an attorney is termed counsel. In Scotland there is no class of practitioners of the law who take the name of attorneys. See advocate, 1.
    • n attorney The general supervisor or manager of a plantation. [British West Indies.]
    • attorney To perform by proxy.
    • attorney To employ as a proxy.
    • n attorney The appointment of another to act in one's stead; the act of naming an attorney: now used only in the following phrase.
    • n attorney In United States law, the certificate of the court admitting an attorney to practise, which testifies that the attorney has qualified and taken his oath of office.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Attorney at-tur′ni 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:
    • v.t Attorney (Shak.) to perform by proxy, to employ as a proxy
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  • Goldie Hawn
    Goldie Hawn
    “There are only three ages for women in Hollywood--Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.”
  • Epitaph
    “Here lies one believe it if you can, who thought an attorney, was a honest man.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.”
  • Evelle Younger
    Evelle Younger
    “An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “Nature's law affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aturneye, OF. atorné, p. p. of atorner,: cf. LL. atturnatus, attornatus, fr. attornare,. See Attorn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. atorne—Low L. attornatusatornāre, to commit business to another. See Turn.


In literature:

Mr. Attorney General White was the great man in the Commons, and Mr. Speaker Chief Justice Powell in the Lords.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Asbury started, in a monotonous tone, a recital that brought the prosecuting attorney to his feet in a minute.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Power of Attorney from Sir William Davidson.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
It was a bold attempt, but Mrs. Hazleton had her plan; and she sat down and wrote for Mr. Shanks, the attorney.
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
A witness at the trial averred that he saw an attorney, John Brook, go among the mob and point towards Priestley's chapel.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He had twice been attorney-general, and was an ambitious man.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Yet no cross-examining attorney tries to break the credibility of a witness by showing that he is in love.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
The prosecuting attorney was on his feet making a speech.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Those attorneys don't understand.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
To Edmund Randolph, Washington offered the responsible position of attorney-general of the United States.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing

In poetry:

"What! sound the matrimonial knell
Of worthy people such as these!
Why was I an attorney? Well -
Go on to the SAEVITIA, please."
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
OF all the good attorneys who
Have placed their names upon the roll,
But few could equal BAINES CAREW
For tender-heartedness and soul.
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
His father, wealthy and well clad,
And owning house and park,
Lost every halfpenny he had,
And then became (extremely sad!)
A poor attorney's clerk.
"A Worm Will Turn" by William Schwenck Gilbert
My attorneys, off the Strand;
One from COPPERBLOCK, my tailor -
My unreasonable tailor -
One in FLAGG'S disgusting hand.
"Tempora Mutantur" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Pore Jacob went to Court,
A Counsel for to fix,
And choose a barrister out of the four,
An attorney of the six:
And there he sor these men of Lor,
And watch'd 'em at their tricks.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
At hop, skip, and jump, who so famous as he?
He hopp'd o'er an army, he skipped o'er the sea;
And he jump'd from the desk of a village attorney
To the throne of the Bourbons—a pretty long journey.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

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Keyes recalled how Bigelow, an attorney, and another attorney, Charles Edwards, arrived for a board meeting before he was on the commission to discuss a proposed development.
The precedent set would discourage clients from speaking freely and openly with their attorneys, which is what the attorney- client privilege seeks to promote, both the trial court's order and the briefs say.
Attorney Daryl Brautigam of Fredonia presented a replica of the Harlan Bible to Chautauqua County Judge John Ward recently before an audience of Chautauqua County attorneys meeting for continuing education at the Robert H Jackson Center.
JAMESTOWN — Attorney Daryl Brautigam of Fredonia presented a replica of the Harlan Bible to Chautauqua County Judge John Ward recently before an audience of Chautauqua County attorneys meeting for.
(VIDEO) Pro-life attorney conceived in rape debates pro-choice attorney Gloria Allred.
CNN's Piers Morgan invited pro-choice attorney Gloria Allred and pro-life attorney Rebecca Kiessling on his program Tuesday night.
Prosecutors with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's and state Attorney General's offices have petitioned the state Supreme Court to review an appellate court ruling in the Colonies corruption case.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley -- are arguing over Cooley's decision to accept campaign contributions from politicians his office has been investigating.
Mayor consults attorney general, district attorney.
Perez, an assistant attorney general, speaking on Wednesday, flanked by the attorney general, Eric Holder, left, and Shaun Donovan, the head of Housing and Urban Development.
A research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge has been temporarily suspended from her job pending an investigation about tweets she posted during a court hearing in former Attorney General Phill Kline's ethics case.
A plan for the Los Angeles City Council to hire its own attorneys instead of using the City Attorney's office was delayed on Wednesday by two weeks to allow for further negotiations.
Acting Santa Barbara County District Attorney Ann Bramsen issued the following statement regarding former district attorney candidate Josh Lynn being placed on administrative leave.
Attorney reacts to Dunn sentence recommendation: David Brener, Robert Dunn's lead attorney, talks about the jury's recommendation of life in prison.

In science:

The existence of such mental models has been studied among attorneys . In our approach this archetype includes a taxonomy of the domain vocabulary and a view of Experimental Domain. These archetypes are further individualised by preferences. Including the notion of task alters the nature of the query.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
For instance, the attorney in prisoner’s dilemma keeps his word in order to not risk his reputation, where prisoner’s dilemma is supposed to be familiar to the reader.
If more than Analytical Modeling is Needed to Predict Real Agents' Strategic Interaction
His attorneys said he attempted suicide twice before in prison.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Raja Quereshi, the attorney general, said that the former Civil Aviation Authority chairman has already given a statement to police.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
We use the term ‘agent’ for both confederates and contestants. 2The confederate room referees, in addition to myself, were Susan Cole Dranoff, an attorney at the firm of Ropes and Gray, and Dr.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test