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[suh-lis-i-ter] /səˈlɪs ɪ tər/
a person who solicits.
a person whose business it is to solicit business, trade, etc.
an officer having charge of the legal business of a city, town, etc.
(in England and Wales) a member of that branch of the legal profession whose services consist of advising clients, representing them before the lower courts, and preparing cases for barristers to try in the higher courts.
Compare barrister (def 1).
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English solicitour < Anglo-French; Middle French soliciteur. See solicit, -or2
Related forms
solicitorship, noun
4. lawyer, attorney, counselor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solicitors
  • It is the solicitors, say the barristers, who make the real money.
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  • People have become accustomed to dinner-hour interruptions by telephone solicitors.
  • Registration for businesses hiring telephone solicitors.
  • Many of these organizations use professional solicitors to solicit on their behalf.
  • The requirement to use only registered solicitors and counsel does not apply to paid staff of the charity or to volunteers.
  • solicitors cannot leave handbills at these residences.
  • There are four types of telephone solicitors who are exempt from this law and may continue to contact you.
  • Ask credit reporting agencies not to give your name to solicitors.
British Dictionary definitions for solicitors


(in Britain) a lawyer who advises clients on matters of law, draws up legal documents, prepares cases for barristers, etc, and who may represent clients in certain courts Compare barrister
(in the US) an officer responsible for the legal affairs of a town, city, etc
a person who solicits
Derived Forms
solicitorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for solicitors



early 15c., "one who urges," from Middle French soliciteur, from soliciter (see solicit). Meaning "one who conducts matters on behalf of another" is from early 15c. As a name for a specific class of legal practitioners in Britain, it is attested from 1570s. Both the fem. forms, solicitress (1630s) and solicitrix (1610s), have been in the sexual sense, but the latter seems more common in non-pejorative use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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