boilerplate boilerplate  /ˈbɔ ɪ lər ˌpleɪt/


  1. (n) standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories
  2. (n) thick plate iron used in the production of boilers


  1. Obama gave a boilerplate speech, thanking the troops and reminding everyone that important work remained to be done in Iraq.
  2. In an e-mailed version of his column, sent to 100 friends and associates, he made it clear the material at hand was much-circulated boilerplate.
  3. Previous Presidents have sporadically issued signing statements, but seldom and mainly as boilerplate or spin.


  1. New Markey ad lets Obama do the talking

    Senate Democratic nominee Edward J. Markey’s new campaign advertisement is less about Markey himself than it is about President Obama, a televised distillation of the heavy infrastructural advantage Markey enjoys over Republican nominee Gabriel E. Gomez. In fact, Markey’s only speaking role in the 30-second spot, which is entitled “Folks” and begins airing today, is to deliver the boilerplate ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. Sean Lee contract: Cowboys will likely explore extension with LB

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has a year left on his current deal, and team executive vice president Stephen Jones said the organization will likely begin looking for ways to extend his contract, according to a report from Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday. Jones gave a pretty boilerplate teaser for future contract negotiations in the report : "Historically, we look at guys ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: SB Nation


  1. Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, said this clause was a "piece of boilerplate that is passed around the corporate lawyers like a Christmas fruitcake. The idea that they would ever invoke it and...
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Jonathan Zittrain Source: Washington Post

  2. "Far from inventing some novel interpretation of the Constitution," Yoo wrote, "our legal advice to the President, in fact, was near boilerplate."
    on Apr 2, 2008 By: John Yoo Source: Seattle Times

  3. Home buyers "get writer's cramp from initialing pages and pages of unintelligible and mostly unread boilerplate that appears to be designed to insulate the [mortgage] originator or lender from liability rather than to provide useful information to...
    on Oct 18, 2007 By: Henry Paulson Source: PopMatters

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