A person who employs or retains an attorney to represent him or her in any legal matter, or one who merely divulges confidential matters to an attorney while pursuing professional assistance without subsequently retaining the attorney.
From Middle English client, from Anglo-Norman clyent, Old French client, from Latin cliēns, according to some, an alteration of cluēns, from clueō, or more likely from clīnō. Ultimately from the root *ḱel- (“to incline”).
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