noun Date: 1914 the specialized language of the legal profession <
replaced legalese with plain talk — Steve Weinberg

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • legalese — le·gal·ese /ˌlē gə lēz, lēs/ n: the specialized language of the legal profession Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. legalese …   Law dictionary

  • legalese — le‧gal‧ese [ˌliːglˈiːz] noun [uncountable] informal LAW language used by lawyers that most people find difficult to understand: • The statement will be read by the witness and the client, and should not be written in legalese. * * * legalese UK… …   Financial and business terms

  • legalese — n. A style of writing or speaking heavily emphasizing the abstruse technical vocabulary of the law, to the point where a speech or document may be incomprehensible to non specialists. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legalese — the language of legal documents, 1914, from LEGAL (Cf. legal) + language name ending ESE (Cf. ese) …   Etymology dictionary

  • legalese — is a fairly recent term (first recorded in 1914) for the complicated technical language used in legal documents. Legal language has become complex and difficult for the lay person to understand because of a need to be both precise and… …   Modern English usage

  • legalese — ► NOUN informal ▪ the formal and technical language of legal documents …   English terms dictionary

  • legalese — [lē΄gəl ēz′] n. the conventional language of legal forms, documents, etc., involving special vocabulary and formulations, often thought of as abstruse and incomprehensible to the layman …   English World dictionary

  • legalese — /lee geuh leez , lees /, n. language containing an excessive amount of legal terminology or of legal jargon. [1910 15; LEGAL + ESE] * * * …   Universalium

  • legalese — noun a) The technical talk of the legal profession, the argot of lawyers. b) Wording that resembles how a lawyer writes, especially such that is confusing to the layperson …   Wiktionary

  • legalese — le|gal|ese [ˌli:gəlˈi:z] n [U] informal language used by lawyers that is difficult for most people to understand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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