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appear vi

1 : to present oneself before a person or body having authority [to before the officer who is to take the deposition "Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 37(d)"]: as
a : to present oneself in court as a party to a lawsuit often through the representation of an attorney
: to participate as a party to a lawsuit in a way other than by physical presence (as by mail)
b : to present oneself in court as the attorney for a party to a lawsuit [ing for the defendant]
2 : to have an outward look [conduct that s unethical]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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