appearance n1 : the presentation of oneself in court as a party to or as an attorney for a party to a lawsuit
: a document filed in court by an attorney declaring his or her representation of a party to a lawsuit see also general appearance , special appearance
2 : outward look [a lawyer should avoid the of impropriety]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.