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Attorney general

the chief law officer of a country or state and head of its legal department.
(initial capital letters) the head of the U.S. Department of Justice: a member of the president’s cabinet.
Contemporary Examples

“This is either incompetence or incredibly bad judgment” by the attorney general and others within his inner circle, she said.
Eric Holder’s Troubles Mount Philip Shenon March 20, 2010

AG: The president looks to the attorney general for legal advice.
Bush’s Lawyers Strike Back Dan Abrams May 2, 2009

attorney general Eric Holder said that he was questioned before being told of his rights under the “public safety” exemption.
The Stalled War on Terror Richard Miniter May 7, 2010

There will undoubtedly be a recount and the race for attorney general may not be called for weeks.
Guns Go Down in the NRA’s Backyard Arkadi Gerney, Margie Omero November 5, 2013

In March, Palin nominated Wayne Anthony Ross for attorney general.
Palin’s New Disaster Max Blumenthal April 12, 2009

Historical Examples

And, for the matter of that, the law firm and the fact that Pupkin senior had been an attorney general was the least part of it.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Stephen Leacock

attorney general of the said State, on the 22d November, 1831.
Opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States, at January Term, 1832, Delivered by Mr. Chief Justice Marshall in the Case of Samuel A. Worcester, Plaintiff in Error, versus the State of Georgia John Marshall

The attorney general was therefore permitted to retain his place during some months.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

Mr. Solberg called attention to the unsatisfactory method of numbering Treasury decisions and decisions of the attorney general.
Papers and Proceedings of the Thirty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Library Association Held at Ottawa, Canada June 26-July 2, 1912 Various

attorney general Sewell trembled us he received the deep cuts from the falchion quill of this devoted patriot.
Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution L. Carroll Judson

noun (pl) attorneys general, attorney generals
a country’s chief law officer and senior legal adviser to its government
(in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser of a state government
(in some states of the US) a public prosecutor
(in the United Kingdom except Scotland) the senior law officer and chief legal counsel of the Crown: a member of the government and of the House of Commons
(in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser to the Administration: head of the Department of Justice and member of the cabinet
(in Australia and New Zealand) the chief government law officer: a member of Parliament and usually a cabinet minister


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