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Definition: Counsel

Quick Summary of Counsel

A general term for an Advocate, that is, someone who is representing a party to a court hearing. The term is commonly used as a linguistic shorthand for Barrister, although I can’t see any reason in principle why it should be used of a solicitor advocate as well.

What is the dictionary definition of Counsel?

Dictionary Definition

  1. n. a lawyer, attorney, attorney-at-law, counsellor, counsellor-at-law, solicitor, barrister, advocate or proctor (a lawyer in admiralty court), licensed to practice law. In the United States, they all mean the same thing.
  2. v. to give legal advice.
  3. v. in some jurisdictions, to urge someone to commit a crime, which in itself is a crime.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Counsel. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 28, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Counsel. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 28, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Counsel. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Counsel are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

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

This glossary post was last updated: 27th April, 2020 | 8 Views.