from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The second law officer in the government of Great Britain; also, a similar officer under the United States government, who is associated with the attorney-general; also, the chief law officer of some of the States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In England, an officer of the crown, next in rank to the attorney-general, with whom he is in fact associated in the management of the legal business of the crown and public offices. On him generally devolves the maintenance of the rights of the crown in revenue cases, patent causes, etc.
- n. In Scotland, one of the crown counsel, next in dignity and importance to the lord advocate, to whom he gives his aid in protecting the interests of the crown, in conducting prosecutions, etc.
- n. In the United States:
- n. The second officer of the Department of Justice, who assists the attorney-general, and in his absence performs his duties.
- n. A chief law officer of some of the States, corresponding to the attorney-general in others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a law officer appointed to assist an attorney general
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