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.

Nearby words

  1. parakiting,
  2. parakou,
  3. paralalia,
  4. paralanguage,
  5. paraldehyde,
  6. paraleipsis,
  7. paralepsis,
  8. paralexia,
  9. paralgesia,
  10. paralimnion

Origin of paralegal

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

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British Dictionary definitions for paralegal

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

paralegal

n.

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

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