- a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
- New Testament. an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. Luke 14:3.
- to work as a lawyer; practice law.
- to submit (a case, document, or the like) to a lawyer for examination, advice, clarification, etc.
Origin of lawyer
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Examples from the Web for lawyerly
But Schiff said this “has the feeling of a lawyerly kind of argument, to put the best case on a pretty strained legal theory.”Even a Top Democrat Thinks Obama's Legal Case for War Makes No Sense
September 19, 2014
True to form, her lawyerly instincts have come in handy as she does damage control in the wake of her DUI.The Messy Truth About Erin Brockovich
June 12, 2013
He did, in some lawyerly detail, suggesting the body should be “constituted in law” but not a statutory regulator.Leveson Inquiry’s Report Sparks a War in the British Parliament
November 29, 2012
He called his actions “regrettable,” a term that reeked of lawyerly caution.The Intrusive British Press
July 10, 2011
He uses the words “strong suspicion,” lawyerly language he would never use about the date of the Rapture.Before the Rapture
May 19, 2011
Sterber's lawyerly soul was outraged, but he was grimly elated.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
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Word Origin and History for lawyerly
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