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[breef-lis] /ˈbrif lɪs/
having no brief.
having no clients, as a lawyer.
Origin of briefless
1815-25; brief (noun) + -less
Related forms
brieflessly, adverb
brieflessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bitter are a briefless bag, a curate's bread, a diploma that brings no fee.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • On Tuesday, the briefless one entered the Club with a slow and stately step.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Afraid of too much work, when but for that dog he was briefless still!

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • The usual groups of the briefless were gathered around the stoves.

  • But now he is simply a briefless barrister, without a friend in the world.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson
  • They both were then, as may be inferred, sweeping the boards of the Parliament House as "briefless barristers."

  • Many a briefless man of the law sends his card around to the occupants of the various prisons.

  • Somerville, the briefless, held that in the absence of all data such conclusion was unjustifiable.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Porridge may be useful for growing boys and briefless barristers, but this chapter is not written solely in their interests.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • She may get some briefless pettifogger to appear for her; a man set up for you to knock down.


    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for briefless


(said of a barrister) without clients
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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