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solicitor general

noun, plural solicitors general.
a law officer who maintains the rights of the state in suits affecting the public interest, next in rank to the attorney general.
the chief legal officer in some states.
(initial capital letters) the law officer of the U.S. government next below the Attorney General, having charge of appeals, as to the Supreme Court.
Origin of solicitor general
1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A man who is solicitor-general at eight-and-twenty can hardly have had time for much.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • So much the solicitor-general had told them, and nobody doubted that it would be so.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • He must be solicitor-general either to the Whigs or to the Tories.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • The former had been solicitor-general, and was a man of mark and ability in the profession.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • Mr. solicitor-general Hagerman has been directed to do the same on behalf of the Episcopal clergy.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Where have you been, Colonel, with my friend the solicitor-general?

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • After the examination of the medical men I was called into the witness-box, and examined by the solicitor-general.

  • The solicitor-general resigned in a huff, and then withdrew his resignation.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • "I suppose the solicitor-general sees his way, but he may be in a mess yet," said Mr. Flick.

    Lady Anna Anthony Trollope
  • Their objections were answered by the solicitor-general and Mr. Yorke.

British Dictionary definitions for solicitor-general

Solicitor General

noun (pl) Solicitors General
(in Britain) the law officer of the Crown ranking next to the Attorney General (in Scotland to the Lord Advocate) and acting as his assistant
(in New Zealand) the government's chief lawyer: head of the Crown Law Office and prosecutor for the Crown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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