(redirected from counsels)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


An attorney or lawyer. The rendition of advice and guidance concerning a legal matter, contemplated form of argument, claim, or action.The terms counsel and advise are frequently employed as synonyms for the term aid and abet to describe a person who, while not actually performing a criminal act, induced its performance or contributed to it.

The term junior counsel refers to the younger member of the team of attorneys retained on the same side of a case, or the one lower in the hierarchy of the firm, or one who is assigned to the preparation or trial of less significant aspects of the case.

The term of counsel refers to the description given to an attorney who is not the principal lawyer in charge of a case but who merely contributes his advice on the way it should be handled.

Where of counsel follows an attorney's name on a letterhead or office sign, this designation indicates that the person is employed by the firm primarily as a consultant on specialized matters, not as a full-time partner or associate.


1) n. a lawyer, attorney, attorney-at-law, counsellor, counsellor-at-law, solicitor, barrister, advocate or proctor (a lawyer in admiralty court), licensed to practice law. In the United States they all mean the same thing. 2) v. to give legal advice. 3) v. in some jurisdictions, to urge someone to commit a crime, which in itself is a crime. (See: attorney)


noun adviser, advocate, attorney, barrister, consilium, counselor, counselor-at-law, jurisconsult, jurist, lawyer, legal adviser, legal practitioner, legist, member of the bar, member of the legal profession, officer of court, pleader, solicitor
Associated concepts: advice of counsel, aid of counsel, assigned counsel, assistance of counsel, attorney's fees, bennfit of counsel, counsel in a cause, counsel of record, denial of counsel, effective counsel, Escobedo Rule, of counsel, opposing counsel, sixth amendment, waiver of counsel
Foreign phrases: Consilia multorum quaeruntur in magnis.The advice of many is required in great affairs. Praepropera consilia raro sunt prospera. Rash counsels are rarely prosserous.


verb advise, advocate, caution, coach, commend, confer, consult, direct, discuss, dissuade, encourage, exchange observations, expostulate, forewarn, give a reccmmendation, give advice, give suggestions to, guide, offer an opinion to, opine, persuade, prescribe, prompt, propose, reason with, recommend, seek advice, seek to persuade, submit, suggest, suggest a proposed claim, suggest a proposed contention, urge, warn
See also: admonish, admonition, advice, advise, advocate, apprise, attorney, bar, barrister, caution, charge, confer, consult, counselor, deliberation, direct, direction, esquire, exhort, forewarn, guidance, incite, instruct, jurist, lawyer, notice, notify, persuade, prognosticate, propose, proxy, recommend, remonstrate, representative, suggestion, warning


another name for a BARRISTER or ADVOCATE.

COUNSEL. Advice given to another as to what he ought to do or not to do.
     2. To counsel another to do an unlawful act, is to become accessory to it, if it be a felony, or principal, if it be treason, or a misdemeanor. By the term counsel is also understood counsellor at law. Vide To open; Opening.

COUNSEL, an officer of court. One who undertakes to conduct suits and actions in court. The same as counsellor.

COUNSEL, practice, crim. law. In the oath of the grand jurors, there is a provision requiring them to keep secret "the commonwealth's counsel, their fellows, and their own." In this sense this word is synonymous with knowledge; therefore, all the knowledge acquired by grand jurors, in consequence of their office, either from the officers of the commonwealth, from their fellow jurors, or which they have obtained in any manner, in relation to cases which come officially before them, must be kept secret. See Grand Jury.

References in classic literature ?
Thus I spoke, smiling, and would that he had listened to my counsel, for it is the love of women which has brought ruin on Umslopogaas!
For me, be witness all the Host of Heav'n, If counsels different, or danger shun'd By me, have lost our hopes.
But, sire, I can only accept such an alliance if you give me your promise to assist me with your counsels.
Moved by these counsels, he turned at once to the Caledonian Station, passed (not without alarm) into the bright lights of the approach, redeemed his portmanteau from the cloak-room, and was soon whirling in a cab along the Glasgow Road.
I own that my heart began to fail me when the time for action came so close, but I did not say anything, for I had a greater fear that if I appeared as a drag or a hindrance to their work, they might even leave me out of their counsels altogether.
I have nothing to give you, my son, but fifteen crowns, my horse, and the counsels you have just heard.
Therefore it must be inferred that good counsels, whencesoever they come, are born of the wisdom of the prince, and not the wisdom of the prince from good counsels.
Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
He would not have been sorry, nevertheless, to have caught a little hint of the secret his master concealed so well; tricks, turns, counsels and traps were all useless, D'Artagnan let nothing confidential escape him.
Brother," resumed the hypocrite, "you are so good to me, and you give me such wise counsels that I always return to you.
Kennedy and others render "Since to men of experience I see that also comparisons of their counsels are in most lively use.
His mind has a soil deep and fertile, Out of which spring his prudent counsels.