Lawyer vs Ianal - What's the difference?

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(wikipedia lawyer)

Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A professional person qualified (as by a law degree and/or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits and/or give legal advice.
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  • *:His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers ; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill;.
  • By extension, a legal layman who argues points of law.
  • Synonyms

    * advocate * attorney * counselor

    Derived terms

    * corporate lawyer * jailhouse lawyer * lawyering * lawyerly

    See also

    * solicitor * barrister


    (en verb)
  • (informal) To practice law.
  • To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
  • To make legalistic arguments.
  • With "up", to acquire the services of a lawyer.
  • (colloquial, criminal law) With "up", to exercise the right to ask for the presence of one's attorney.
  • To barrage with questions in order to get the person to admit something, usually used in the past tense "[You've been] lawyered."
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  • Usage notes

    A warning or caveat used when discussing matters of law.


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