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Definition of "counsel" []

  • The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation. (noun)
  • Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See Synonyms at advice. (noun)
  • A plan of action. (noun)
  • Private, guarded thoughts or opinions: keep one's own counsel. (noun)
  • A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "counsel" in a sentence
  • "This statement by senior counsel for the airline as to the manner in which he had attempted to handle his responsibilities should be enough to answer the complaint in the Appendix that "The management of the airline _instructed its counsel_ to deny every allegation of fault, and to counter-attack by ascribing total culpability to the air crew"."
  • "As ever, the judging panel is made up of a raft of ­industry experts, including Blackstone Chambers 'Dinah Rose QC, Music Choice ­general counsel Chris Johnstone, Sajid ­Hussein, head of legal EMEA, Bank of America and BT Retail general ­counsel Nigel Paterson."
  • "Morris, who also sits on the executive management committee of BP's refining and marketing arm, is one of two associate general counsel who sit beneath global group general ­counsel Rupert Bondy."