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1    advice or guidance on conduct, behaviour, etc.  
2    discussion, esp. on future procedure; consultation  
to take counsel with a friend     
3    a person whose advice or guidance is or has been sought  
4    a barrister or group of barristers engaged in conducting cases in court and advising on legal matters  
counsel for the prosecution     
5    a policy or plan  
6      (Christianity)   any of the counsels of perfection or evangelical counsels, namely poverty, chastity, and obedience  
7    counsel of perfection   excellent but unrealizable advice  
8    private opinions or plans (esp. in the phrase keep one's own counsel)  
9    Archaic   wisdom; prudence  
      vb   , -sels, -selling, -selled  
     (U.S.)   , -sels, -seling, -seled  
10    tr   to give advice or guidance to  
11    tr; often takes a clause as object   to recommend the acceptance of (a plan, idea, etc.); urge  
12    intr  
Archaic   to take counsel; consult  
     (C13: from Old French counseil, from Latin consilium deliberating body; related to consul, consult)  
  counsellable     (U.S.)  
  counselable      adj  
Avoid confusion with council  

chamber counsel   , counsellor  
      n   a counsel who advises in private and does not plead in court  
King's Counsel  
      n      (when the sovereign is male) another name for       Queen's Counsel  
Queen's Counsel  
      n   (in England when the sovereign is female) a barrister or advocate appointed Counsel to the Crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor, entitled to sit within the bar of the court and to wear a silk gown,   (Also called (when the sovereign is male))    Kings Counsel  
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1    admonition, advice, caution, consideration, consultation, deliberation, direction, forethought, guidance, information, recommendation, suggestion, warning  
2    advocate, attorney, barrister, lawyer, legal adviser, solicitor  
3    admonish, advise, advocate, caution, exhort, instruct, prescribe, recommend, urge, warn  

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