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A judge or legal scholar; an individual who is versed or skilled in law.

The term jurist is ordinarily applied to individuals who have gained respect and recognition by their writings on legal topics.


n. although it means any attorney or legal scholar, jurist popularly refers to a judge.


noun advocate, attorney, attorney-at-law, barrister, bencher, counsel, counselor, counselor-at-law, iuris consultus, iuris peritus, judge, jurisconsult, justice, lawyer, learned counsel, legal adviser, legal expert, legal practitioner, legal representative, legist, magistrate, master of jurisprudence, member of the bar, member of the legal profession, one called to the bar, pleader, practicing lawyer, practitioner of the law, procurator, prosecutor, public attorney, solicitor
Foreign phrases: Natura appetit perfectum, ita et lex.Nature seeks perfection, and so does the law. Non verbis sed ipsis rebus. leges imponimus. We do not impose laws upon words, but upon the things themselves. Leges naturae perfectissimae sunt et immutabiles; humani vero juris conditio semper in infinitum decurrit, et nihil est in eo quod perpetuo stare possit. The laws of nature are the most perfect and immutable, but the condition of human law is unending and there is nothing in it which can continue perpetually.
See also: advocate, attorney, barrister, counsel, counselor, esquire, judge, lawyer, magistrate

JURIST. One well versed in the science of the law. The term is usually applied to students and practitioners of law.

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