Definition of solicitor in English:


Line breaks: so¦lici|tor
Pronunciation: /səˈlɪsɪtə


  • 1British A member of the legal profession qualified to deal with conveyancing, the drawing up of wills, and other legal matters. A solicitor may also instruct barristers and represent clients in some courts. Compare with barrister, attorney.
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    • He had the benefit of legal aid to instruct, and did instruct, solicitors and counsel to represent him at his trial.
    • The case concerned a claim for damages arising from the negligence of a solicitor instructed in a conveyancing transaction.
    • She had apparently instructed solicitors to deal with the matter on her behalf.
    lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, notary (public), advocate, attorney; British commissioner for oaths, articled clerk, solicitor general, attorney general, Official Solicitor; in England & Wales Recorder; in Scotland law agent
    in Scotland , • historical writer to the Signet
    informal brief
  • 1.1North American The chief law officer of a city, town, or government department.
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    • The president of the United States and the vice president of the United States should not be the solicitors in chief.
    • Chief Operating Officer David Sanko announced that Guy Matthews, Bucks County’s first full-time county solicitor, has submitted a letter of intent to retire.
    • He was chosen the first solicitor of the city, and a member of the first board of trustees of the public library.
  • 2North American A person who tries to obtain business orders, advertising, etc.; a canvasser: she had been a telephone solicitor for a Chicago newspaper
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    • Telephone solicitors have no sense of privacy nor know when to call.
    • And if that's not bad enough, now I've got telephone solicitors calling me for charity donations.
    • I think I have found the best way to handle telephone solicitors.


late Middle English (denoting an agent or deputy): from Old French solliciteur, from solliciter (see solicit).

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