paralegal

[par-uh-lee-guh l]
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noun

an attorney's assistant, not admitted to the practice of law but trained to perform certain legal tasks.

adjective

of or relating to a paralegal or paralegals: a paralegal career.

Origin of paralegal

First recorded in 1970–75; para-1 + legal
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paralegal

noun

a person trained to undertake legal work but not qualified as a professional solicitor or barrister

adjective

of or designating such a person
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Word Origin and History for paralegal
n.

1972, from para- (1) + legal assistant.

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