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From Middle French soliciteur. Equivalent to solicit +‎ -or.



solicitor (plural solicitors)

  1. One who solicits.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones:
      “I beg, Mr Allworthy,” answered Sophia, “you will not insist on my reasons;— [] Your nephew, sir, hath many virtues—he hath great virtues, Mr Allworthy. I question not but he will do you honour in the world, and make you happy.”—“I wish I could make him so, madam,” replied Allworthy; “but that I am convinced is only in your power. It is that conviction which hath made me so earnest a solicitor in his favour.”
    • 2014, K. Stanton, Shakespeare's 'Whores': Erotics, Politics, and Poetics
      [] sex workers are regarded as born to be punished; the solicitors of their services are not.
  2. In many common law jurisdictions, a type of lawyer whose traditional role is to offer legal services to clients apart from acting as their advocate in court. A solicitor instructs a barrister to act as an advocate for their client in court, although rights of audience for solicitors vary according to jurisdiction.
  3. In English Canada and in parts of Australia, a type of lawyer who historically held the same role as above, but whose role has in modern times been merged with that of a barrister.
  4. In parts of the U.S., the chief legal officer of a city, town or other jurisdiction.
  5. (Canada, US) A person soliciting sales, especially door to door.

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  • Jurisdictions using the common-law definition include England and Wales, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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