solicitor general

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noun, plural solicitors general.

a law officer who maintains the rights of the state in suits affecting the public interest, next in rank to the attorney general.
the chief legal officer in some states.
(initial capital letters) the law officer of the U.S. government next below the Attorney General, having charge of appeals, as to the Supreme Court.

Nearby words

  1. soli-,
  2. solicit,
  3. solicitate,
  4. solicitation,
  5. solicitor,
  6. solicitous,
  7. solicitously,
  8. solicitude,
  9. solid,
  10. solid angle

Origin of solicitor general

First recorded in 1525–35

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British Dictionary definitions for solicitor general

Solicitor General

noun plural Solicitors General

(in Britain) the law officer of the Crown ranking next to the Attorney General (in Scotland to the Lord Advocate) and acting as his assistant
(in New Zealand) the government's chief lawyer: head of the Crown Law Office and prosecutor for the Crown
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