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Definition: Bar


What is the dictionary definition of Bar?

Dictionary Definition

  1. n. collectively all attorneys, as “the bar,” which comes from the bar or railing which separates the general spectator area of the courtroom from the area reserved for judges, attorneys, parties and court officials. A party to a case or criminal defendant is “before the bar” when he/she is inside the railing.
  2. v. to prevent some legal manoeuvre, as in “barring” a lawsuit due to the running out of the time to file.
  3. to prohibit and keep someone from entering a room, building, or real property.

Full Definition of Bar

Generally archaic, but still widely used, the collective term for barristers as a professional body. This term also refers to the customs and traditions that regulate the barristerial profession. Writers often use ‘the Bar’ as a convenient substitution for ‘barristers’.

See also, barrister.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Bar. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
January 18, 2022
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Bar. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: January 18, 2022).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Bar. Retrieved January 18, 2022
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Bar are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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