Definitions

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  • adj. Characteristic of, or suitable to, a lawyer

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a lawyer; befitting a lawyer.

Etymologies

lawyer +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Most of the material in the case is what I call "lawyerly".

    Forbes.com: News

  • Often people do not make these claims in lawyerly ways; and usually they are not constrained by existing understandings and existing doctrine in the way that we want judges to be constrained.

    Balkinization

  • Remember it well: Only fools engage in lawyerly “civility” without being sure to get something in return.

    Tips from the Machiavellian Lawyer

  • Barbara Bintliff wrote about the changes in lawyerly thinking in the 1990's and still nobody has any plan of action to address what many of us agree is happening.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • His predecessor, Kevin J. Martin, who was known as a lawyerly FCC chairman, "got his hands dirty" on the legal issues, according to public interest advocate Marvin Ammori, a former adviser for Free Press.

    FCC's Julius Genachowski struggles between roles of regulator, innovator

  • I wanted, desperately needed for him to reach across the line that he had drawn, and so it was with dumb horror that I watched him retreat, his expression turning lawyerly even as I read the helplessness in his eyes.

    Dreaming in French

  • If they hear Barack Obama give what the McCain campaign, what they're calling a lawyerly response, not a hard and fast, I support it, this is the best decision the Supreme Court could have given response, like John McCain did, the McCain campaign are hoping that -- what they're hoping is that that will draw those voters over towards McCain.

    CNN Transcript Jun 26, 2008

  • DIONNE: I mean, yes, I think that that does look like a finger - wagging moment when he is giving what has long now been called lawyerly answers.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Republicans Square Off in California Debate - March 2, 2000

  • His tone is described as lawyerly, lecturing -- as if he was delivering a "seminar on neoconservatism," "The Guardian" says -- or preacher-like.

    Spero News

  • You are now shifting focus from your original asserions about Edwards 'lawyerly' techniques and need to apologize.

    War For Donors Heats Up Between Clinton And Obama; Barack Has "Light Touch," Top Donor Says

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