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English Dictionary: Attorney by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
    Synonym(s): lawyer, attorney
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Attorney \At*tor"ney\, n.; pl. {Attorneys}. [OE. aturneye, OF.
      atorn[82], p. p. of atorner: cf. LL. atturnatus, attornatus,
      fr. attornare. See {Attorn}.]
      1. A substitute; a proxy; an agent. [Obs.]
                     And will have no attorney but myself. --Shak.
      2. (Law)
            (a) One who is legally appointed by another to transact
                  any business for him; an attorney in fact.
            (b) A legal agent qualified to act for suitors and
                  defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law.
      Note: An attorney is either public or private. A private
               attorney, or an attorney in fact, is a person appointed
               by another, by a letter or power of attorney, to
               transact any business for him out of court; but in a
               more extended sense, this class includes any agent
               employed in any business, or to do any act in pais, for
               another. A public attorney, or attorney at law, is a
               practitioner in a court of law, legally qualified to
               prosecute and defend actions in such court, on the
               retainer of clients. --Bouvier. -- The attorney at law
               answers to the procurator of the civilians, to the
               solicitor in chancery, and to the proctor in the
               ecclesiastical and admiralty courts, and all of these
               are comprehended under the more general term lawyer. In
               Great Britain and in some states of the United States,
               attorneys are distinguished from counselors in that the
               business of the former is to carry on the practical and
               formal parts of the suit. In many states of the United
               States however, no such distinction exists. In England,
               since 1873, attorneys at law are by statute called
      {A power}, {letter}, or {warrant}, {of attorney}, a written
            authority from one person empowering another to transact
            business for him.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Attorney \At*tor"ney\, v. t.
      To perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy. [Obs.] --Shak.
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