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Definition of Retainer


  1. One who, or that which, retains.
  2. One who is retained or kept in service; an attendant; an adherent; a hanger-on.
  3. Hence, a servant, not a domestic, but occasionally attending and wearing his master's livery.
  4. The act of a client by which he engages a lawyer or counselor to manage his cause.
  5. The act of withholding what one has in his hands by virtue of some right.
  6. A fee paid to engage a lawyer or counselor to maintain a cause, or to prevent his being employed by the opposing party in the case; -- called also retaining fee.
  7. The act of keeping dependents, or the state of being in dependence.
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Retainer Translations

retainer in German is Anwaltvorschuss {m}