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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: conseil, from Latin consilium, from consulere; CONSULT

counsel

1 noun
     
Related topics: Law
coun‧sel1 [uncountable]
1SCL a type of lawyer who represents you in court
counsel for
The judge asked counsel for the defence to explain.
2

keep your own counsel

written to keep your plans, opinions etc secret
3 literary advice
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lawyer, attorney, solicitor, barrister, counsel
Lawyer is a general word for someone who has professional training in legal work or who is an expert in the law.In American English, the word attorney is often used instead, especially in legal or official language and especially to refer to a lawyer who represents people in court.In British English, there is a difference between a solicitor , who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents, and a barrister , who represents people in court.In both American and British English, someone's counsel is the lawyer or group of lawyers who represent them in court.See also lawyer

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