As nouns the difference between representative and attorney
is that representative
is one who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation while attorney
is (us) a lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.
As a adjective representative
is typical; having the same properties of interest as a larger group.
Typical; having the same properties or interest as a larger group.
- Are you sure this paper is representative of your child's writing?
- If you took all the fools out of the legislature, it wouldn't be a representative body anymore. — Texas State Senator Carl Parker.
One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation.
A member of a legislative or governing body who represents a constituency.
- I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.
One that is taken as typical of its class.
(US, politics) A member of the .
- She served four terms as representative of her local at the national union convention.
Company agent who visits potential purchasers, salesman.
- All representatives face re-election every two years.
* See also
(US) A lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.
An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else's behalf.
* In the "agent" sense, the word is now used to refer to nonlawyers usually only in fixed phrases such as attorney-in-fact or power of attorney.
* mouthpiece (slang)
* attorney general
* patent attorney
* power of attorney (POA)
* trade mark attorney