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district attorney

noun [C]
 
 
( abbreviation D.A.)
LAW in the US, a lawyer who is chosen to represent the government of a particular district (= local area or state), and whose duties include deciding whether a crime should be judged in court: Under state law, a request for a special prosecutor can come only from a district attorney. Police plan to review the case with the Manhattan district attorney's office early next week.
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