Definition of Attorney general

1. Noun. The chief law officer of a country or state.

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Law Officer, Lawman, Peace Officer

2. Noun. The person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department. "Edmund Randolph was the first Attorney General, appointed by President Washington"

3. Noun. The position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. "The post of Attorney General was created in 1789"
Exact synonyms: Attorney General Of The United States
Generic synonyms: Secretaryship
Group relationships: United States Cabinet, Us Cabinet

Definition of Attorney general

1. Noun. A major government officer throughout the English-speaking world, generally responsible for interpreting the law for the head of government and executive department and functioning as chief prosecutor, with the ability to bring civil and criminal actions directly. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Attorney General

attorney's fee
attorney's lien
attorney's liens
attorney's work product
attorney-client privilege
attorney-client relation
attorney general (current term)
attorney of record
attorneys fees
attorneys general
attorneys of record

Literary usage of Attorney general

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"(214] It is contended that the power of the Attorney-General to make the reduction in question is vested in him by virtue of section 368 of the Revised ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, John Singleton Copley Lyndhurst, Henry Brougham Brougham and Vaux (1837)
"The Attorney- General (a). So again, if the fund is portioned out among different ... The Attorney-General already cited, in which there was a plain ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"ATTORNEY-GENERAL, in England, the chief law officer appointed to manage all the legal affairs and suits in which the crown is interested. ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1917)
"Mr. Wiley E. Jones, attorney general of Arizona, Mr. Clifford Walker, Attorney General of Georgia, Mr. JH Peterson, attorney general of Idaho, ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Roger Meeson, William Newland Welsby, John Innes Clark Hare, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber, Horace Binney Wallace (1849)
"A rule, on the part of the Attorney-General, to amend an information at the suit ... In an information by the Attorney-General for penalties, the Court made ..."

6. The Lives of the Chief Justices of England: From the Norman Conquest Till by John Campbell Campbell (1849)
"1733. lie becomes attorney general. March 13. 1734. had expired, such merits were rewarded with a " Welsh wig; " he was appointed " Second Justice of ..."

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