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[law-yer-ing, loi-er-] /ˈlɔ yər ɪŋ, ˈlɔɪ ər-/
the practice of law; the duties, functions, or skills of a lawyer.
Origin of lawyering
1670-80; lawyer + -ing1


[law-yer, loi-er] /ˈlɔ yər, ˈlɔɪ ər/
a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
New Testament. an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. Luke 14:3.
verb (used without object)
to work as a lawyer; practice law.
verb (used with object)
to submit (a case, document, or the like) to a lawyer for examination, advice, clarification, etc.
1350-1400; Middle English lawyere. See law1, -ier1
Related forms
lawyerlike, lawyerly, adjective
delawyer, verb (used with object)
nonlawyer, noun
underlawyer, noun
unlawyerlike, adjective
unlawyerly, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Some lawyering requires exceptional skills and deserves high pay.
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  • Whatever lawyering occurs after the fact is of no consequence.
British Dictionary definitions for lawyering


/ˈlɔːjə; ˈlɔɪə/
a member of the legal profession, esp a solicitor See also advocate, barrister, solicitor
a popular name for burbot
Word Origin
C14: from law1
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Word Origin and History for lawyering



late 14c. (mid-14c. as a surname), from Middle English lawe "law" (see law) + -iere. Spelling with -y- first attested 1610s (see -yer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lawyering


Related Terms

clubhouse lawyer, jailhouse lawyer, latrine lawyer, sea lawyer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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lawyering in the Bible

among the Jews, was one versed in the laws of Moses, which he expounded in the schools and synagogues (Matt. 22:35; Luke 10:25). The functions of the "lawyer" and "scribe" were identical. (See DOCTOR.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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