Definition of attorney general in English:

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attorney general

(abbreviation AG or Atty. Gen.)

noun (plural attorneys general)

1The principal legal officer who represents a country or a state in legal proceedings and gives legal advice to the government.
Example sentences
  • Yesterday, the Government asked the Attorney General for legal advice on the demolition of the flats.
  • Yesterday, British politics was gripped by the release of the Attorney General's legal advice.
  • With the support of the Attorney General an injunction could be sought in proceedings for public nuisance.
1.1The head of the US Department of Justice.
Example sentences
  • We need an attorney general in charge of enforcement over in the Justice Department.
  • We are joined now in Miami by Janet Reno, the former attorney general of the United States.
  • He will be the first Hispanic attorney general of the United States.

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Syllabification: at·tor·ney gen·er·al

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