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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attorney  \At*tor"ney\,  n.;  pl  {Attorneys}.  [OE.  aturneye  OF 
  atorn['e],  p.  p.  of  atorner:  cf  LL  atturnatus  attornatus 
  fr  attornare  See  {Attorn}.] 
  1.  A  substitute;  a  proxy;  an  agent.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  will  have  no  attorney  but  myself.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  One  who  is  legally  appointed  by  another  to  transact 
  any  business  for  him  an  attorney  in  fact 
  b  A  legal  agent  qualified  to  act  for  suitors  and 
  defendants  in  legal  proceedings;  an  attorney  at  law. 
 
  Note:  An  attorney  is  either  public  or  private.  A  private 
  attorney,  or  an  attorney  in  fact  is  a  person  appointed 
  by  another,  by  a  letter  or  power  of  attorney,  to 
  transact  any  business  for  him  out  of  court;  but  in  a 
  more  extended  sense  this  class  includes  any  agent 
  employed  in  any  business,  or  to  do  any  act  in  pais,  for 
  another.  A  public  attorney,  or  attorney  at  law,  is  a 
  practitioner  in  a  court  of  law,  legally  qualified  to 
  prosecute  and  defend  actions  in  such  court,  on  the 
  retainer  of  clients.  --Bouvier.  --  The  attorney  at  law 
  answers  to  the  procurator  of  the  civilians,  to  the 
  solicitor  in  chancery,  and  to  the  proctor  in  the 
  ecclesiastical  and  admiralty  courts,  and  all  of  these 
  are  comprehended  under  the  more  general  term  lawyer.  In 
  Great  Britain  and  in  some  states  of  the  United  States, 
  attorneys  are  distinguished  from  counselors  in  that  the 
  business  of  the  former  is  to  carry  on  the  practical  and 
  formal  parts  of  the  suit.  In  many  states  of  the  United 
  States  however,  no  such  distinction  exists.  In  England, 
  since  1873,  attorneys  at  law  are  by  statute  called 
  solicitors. 
 
  {A  power},  {letter},  or  {warrant},  {of  attorney},  a  written 
  authority  from  one  person  empowering  another  to  transact 
  business  for  him 




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