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a therapy/counselling session (=when someone is given personal advice)
▪ At one point his parents joined him for a family therapy session.
general counsel
King's Counsel
Queen's Counsel
▪ Netscape chief legal counsel Roberta Katz declined to comment specifically on Compaq.
▪ Giants chief counsel Jack Bair said construction of the ballpark would begin before Thanksgiving.
▪ In July 1993, Foster, then deputy White House counsel, committed suicide.
▪ Foster, who subsequently became deputy White House counsel, committed suicide in July 1993.
▪ The White House pins the whole thing on onetime deputy counsel Vincent Foster, who is dead and can not defend himself.
▪ Simmons &038; Simmons energy partner Charles Bankes is set to become Ofgem's first general counsel under a two-year secondment.
▪ Mr McLaughlin, 44 years old, was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.
▪ Treasury lawyers, led by general counsel Edward Knight, are reviewing the options.
▪ The general counsel for whom I worked was Chip Yablonski.
▪ Robert Slaughter, the association's general counsel, said this lawsuit will continue.
▪ Such charges have no basis in fact, according to John H.. Carley, Avis' general counsel.
▪ By the mid 1930s, he had begun to rule as a royal dictator without the benefit of independent counsel.
▪ The debate in Congress comes against a backdrop of complaints over the high cost of independent counsel investigations.
▪ Forbes said an independent counsel was probably the best way to go.
▪ The statute gives the independent counsel the opportunity to investigate anything that is perceived to be criminal.
▪ In several other less serious cases, Reno asked for an independent counsel.
▪ An independent counsel is subject to removal by the attorney general, the same as any federal prosecutor.
▪ Of all of these, the appointment of an independent counsel is the least desirable.
▪ Why did she allow the independent counsel, Kenneth Starr, so much latitude, asks the left?
▪ They were denied legal counsel or the right to call witnesses in their defence.
▪ In addition, two small staff groups, data processing and personnel, and the legal counsel reported directly to the president.
▪ Although he had full access to legal counsel, he was not allowed to reveal details of his abduction to the judges.
▪ Netscape chief legal counsel Roberta Katz declined to comment specifically on Compaq.
▪ Denied effective legal counsel prior to his indictment, Stewart's trial at Inveraray in September 1752 was a travesty of justice.
▪ They could not be reached for comment but have denied any wrongdoing through their legal counsel.
▪ So it sought the opinion of legal counsel.
▪ The report went back to legal counsel with suggested amendments.
▪ Blanchard said his firm was added this fiscal year to a special list from which outside counsel must be chosen.
▪ Both the prosecuting counsel and the police appeared to hold this view.
▪ The prosecuting counsel told the jury that there was no evidence that the victim had been indecently assaulted.
▪ They then return, one at a time, for cross-examination by the prosecuting counsel.
▪ The prosecuting counsel said that nothing would be heard to criticise the victim's character, who was timid and nervous.
▪ Menzies's eyes remained fixed firmly on the judge, who was turning back to face the prosecuting counsel.
▪ Giant leaps into the unknown are dangerous and therefore wiser counsel may preach limited change from the existing position. 3.
▪ Emperor Constantine was said to visit the wise hermit for counsel.
▪ He was in the office offering wise counsel, encouraging a forward look a weekend or two before he died.
▪ His service and wise counsel during his tenure as chairman have been greatly appreciated by all of us on the Board.
▪ The duty may in addition require Crown counsel to show the statement to the defence.
▪ Therefore the real complaint is that the judge did not correct Crown counsel at the time.
▪ His defence counsel contended that a suspended sentence would enable Chemouil to pay compensation to the victim.
▪ Hakkar's defence counsel requested a postponement, which was refused, and was unable to attend the hearing.
▪ They had been tried without benefit of defence counsel before the Public Tribunal, a special court which was subject to Government influence.
▪ Hyde's defence counsel has told Northampton Crown court that provocation would be an issue in the trial.
▪ Coffin wondered what a defence counsel would have made of that lack if the case had ever come to trial.
▪ The defence counsel said that appeals would be made against the verdicts.
▪ The defence counsel said the defendant had admitted losing his temper on finding out that the girl was under age.
▪ After the last prosecution witness had given his statement, Kesselring's defence counsel rose to give his opening address.
▪ This happened in the McVeigh case, and it became necessary to go outside Oklahoma City to find a defense counsel.
▪ Others never would have occurred to defense counsel.
▪ The Reagan administration challenged the constitutionality of the independent counsel law.
▪ It is clear that the independent counsel law has been misused or at least overused.
▪ Of the 17 investigations initiated since 1976 under the independent counsel law, 10 ended without indictments.
▪ It is the independent counsel law itself.
▪ But these activities are not the type of persistent misconduct contemplated as the object of the independent counsel law.
▪ If there are, the attorney general must petition a Washington-based panel of three federal judges to appoint an independent counsel.
▪ It could renew calls for Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged campaign wrongdoing.
▪ I am therefore prepared to grant the relief sought by Glasgow and will hear counsel as to the exact terms of the declarations.
▪ All the facts of the case will be fresh in his mind and he will have just heard the mitigation of counsel.
▪ The drumbeat for an appointment of an independent counsel to investigate alleged abuses in campaign financing will almost certainly escalate.
▪ The statute gives the independent counsel the opportunity to investigate anything that is perceived to be criminal.
▪ It could renew calls for Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged campaign wrongdoing.
▪ Some Democrats on Capitol Hill have joined in the call for an independent counsel to investigate campaign fund raising.
▪ McLaren keeps his own counsel, being as reticent as Ferguson is gregarious.
▪ I keep my own counsel now, and my children are baffled by the new me.
▪ But Eochaid kept his counsel, as Tuathal did, about everything except what Thorfinn had to know.
▪ To the end, he kept his own counsel.
▪ She is precisely the person to keep her own counsel for three hours.
▪ They were inscrutable, they kept their own counsel, and they were intelligent.
▪ However, he may simply have been keeping his own counsel when talking to me out of a proper loyalty and caution.
▪ Amelia Earhart solved the problem her grandmother presented by keeping her own counsel.
▪ Reno has been criticized sharply by congressional Republicans for her failure to name an independent counsel.
▪ So, after college he sought professional counsel for the first time.
▪ If necessary, the solicitor may seek the advice of counsel but this may be difficult because of the financial limits imposed.
▪ I sought counsel from pastors and friends.
▪ But Reno has given no indication she will seek an independent counsel on political fund raising.
▪ I found a telephone and called Stark, seeking counsel.
▪ Could we deny any of them if they came seeking counsel?
▪ You should identify who has faced such challenges and seek out their counsel.
▪ I'll miss her because I value her counsel.
▪ The counsel for the defense gave her opening statement.
▪ And more unusually for counsel, George will ask other observers, even journalists, how they think it's going.
▪ Could we deny any of them if they came seeking counsel?
▪ David Turetsky, a senior counsel in the Justice Department.
▪ Emperor Constantine was said to visit the wise hermit for counsel.
▪ Later I was told that in criminal trials counsel are not permitted to talk to their witnesses during adjournments.
▪ Not even George Herbert's counsel that the country-parson's rage might here and there be justified had comforted.
▪ Some Democrats on Capitol Hill have joined in the call for an independent counsel to investigate campaign fund raising.
▪ They were denied legal counsel or the right to call witnesses in their defence.
▪ Carvalho counsels cancer patients at a Rio hospital.
▪ But an expert who counsels male rape victims says a change in the law is needed.
▪ He counsels against reading too much Isaac Bashevis Singer.
▪ In small colleges, they may counsel students.
▪ They also may counsel students on personal, educational, or vocational matters.
▪ What, perhaps, she needs to do is to learn to counsel by doing counselling and by being counselled.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Counsel \Coun"sel\ (koun"s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil, fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of uncertain origin. Cf. Consult, Consul.]

  1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation.

    All the chief priest and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, to put him to death.
    --Matt. xxvii. 1.

  2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate judgment; prudence.

    They all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used.

  3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction.

    I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised.

    It was ill counsel had misled the girl.

  4. Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.

    The counsel of the Lord standeth forever.
    --Ps. xxxiii. 11.

    The counsels of the wicked are deceit.
    --Prov. xii.

  5. 5. A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter.

    Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid.

  6. One who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one professionally engaged in the trial or management of a cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has able counsel.

    The King found his counsel as refractory as his judges.

    Note: In some courts a distinction is observed between the attorney and the counsel in a cause, the former being employed in the management of the more mechanical parts of the suit, the latter in attending to the pleadings, managing the cause at the trial, and in applying the law to the exigencies of the case during the whole progress of the suit. In other courts the same person can exercise the powers of each. See Attorney.

    In counsel, in secret. [Obs.]

    To keep counsel, or

    To keep one's own counsel, to keep one's thoughts, purposes, etc., undisclosed.

    The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all.

    Syn: Advice; consideration; consultation; purpose; scheme; opinion.


Counsel \Coun"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counseled (-s[e^]ld) or Counselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Counseling or Counselling.] [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller, fr. L. consiliari, fr. consilium counsel.]

  1. To give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a person.

    Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you To leave this place.

  2. To advise or recommend, as an act or course.

    They who counsel war.

    Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, Counseled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from Old French counseil (10c.) "advice, counsel; deliberation, thought," from Latin consilium "plan, opinion" (see consultation). As a synonym for "lawyer," first attested late 14c.


late 13c., from Old French conseiller "to advise, counsel," from Latin consiliari, from consilium "plan, opinion" (see counsel (n.)). Related: Counseled. Counseling "giving professional advice on social or psychological problems" dates from 1940.


n. 1 The exchange of opinions and advice; consultation. 2 Exercise of judgment; prudence. 3 Advice; guidance. 4 Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan. 5 (context obsolete English) A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter. 6 A lawyer, as in Queen's Counsel (QC). vb. 1 To give advice, especially professional advice. 2 To recommend

  1. n. a lawyer who pleads cases in court [syn: advocate, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleader]

  2. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action [syn: guidance, counseling, counselling, direction]

  3. [also: counselling, counselled]

  1. v. give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students"; "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud" [syn: advise]

  2. [also: counselling, counselled]


A counsel or a counsellor at law is a person who gives advice and deals with various issues, particularly in legal matters. It is a title often used interchangeably with the title of lawyer.

Counsel (journal)

Counsel is the monthly journal of the Bar of England and Wales. As the Bar Council's own magazine, it is largely written by and for barristers.

It issues facing the Bar and legal system, in addition to profiles, conference reports, personal finance, arts reviews, chambers' announcements and the 'agony uncle' column for lighter moments.

Usage examples of "counsel".

And he ordained that by the counsels of Aeaean Circe they should cleanse themselves from the terrible stain of blood and suffer countless woes before their return.

Following the counsel of the holy Mael the inhabitants of Alca endeavoured to uproot the superstitions that had sprung up amongst them.

These be generally alms or works of charity of them that have temporal riches or discretion in counselling.

But that, if there were no convincing signs of absolute need, then the obligation ceased, and almsgiving, from a command, became a counsel.

Again, the Ephesians sought the counsel of Apollonius, but in the bleakness of his pain and his doubts he had no answer for them.

The effect of these indecisive counsels was that Charles had little trouble in reducing the South German rebels, Augsburg, Ulm, Nuremberg, and Wuerttemberg.

The Duc de Bercy to be harangued to his duty, scathed, measured, disapproved, and counselled, by a stripling Vaufontaine--it was monstrous.

We would save ourselves much trouble if we could agree that the proper place for most bioethical thought lies in counseling those affected, not in dictating the spectrum of possibilities.

I then hastened to Bloemfontein, in order to take counsel with the Government about our affairs generally, and especially to see what would be the most suitable positions to occupy for the defence of the capital.

The steep path of the years when the colonies were taught their first lessons of federation by their common fear of the French and their allies, led by the tall young man who emerged from the woods back of Fort Le Boeuf and later assisted by the moral and pecuniary sympathy of France, by the presence of her ships along their menaced coasts, by the counsels of her admirals and generals, and by the marching and fighting of her soldiers side by side with theirs, you know.

The lawyer Arndt harvests nothing but laughter when in the course of a question period in the Bundestag he tries to prove that association with, and taking counsel of, mealworms constitute an offense against Article 2 of the Constitution, because the rising mealworm cult represents a threat to the free development of the individual personality.

Can you not, then, understand that I am subject to another law, and that it forbids me to allow you or anyone else on this property, under my rule, to counsel anyone to do what the Church calls evil?

If he insists, legally we have to admit him, someone had decided: Castner or K-C counsel or even judicial-probability software.

One by one, they felt the fear, because what could be done to one of them could be done to all of them, until even Cheth agreed that they must take counsel, and that they must find a way to change this path.

Justice Department of the four independent counsels appointed up to that time.