legalese legalese  /ˈlɛ ɡə ˌlis/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a style that uses the abstruse technical vocabulary of the law

Usage(s):

  1. Critics say contracts today, with their ever shifting terms and complex legalese, have helped customers get into more debt than they bargained for.
  2. The re-opened probe may facilitate their formal recognition as repression victims or political rehabilitation, to put in Russian legalese.
  3. The latter is legalese that's difficult for lay people to interpret, but is the language that actually becomes law.

News

  1. Sarah Palin Writing Book to Defend Christmas From the 'Politically Correct' (VIDEO)

    Former half-term Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, returned to Fox News today after joyously leaving the cable network in January (video below). During her appearance on Fox & Friends, Palin said “I’m writing a book about Christmas and pushing back on the politically correct who would try to take Christ out of Christmas. It's kind of a legalese how-to push back and protect the heart of Christmas. At ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Opposing Views

  2. Political fallout if the "private option' referendum makes it onto the ballot

    We wondered yesterday whether Americans for Prosperity would get involved with the effort to bring a referendum on the "private option" for Medicaid expansion to the ballot in 2014. Conservative blogger Jason Tolbert tweets that AFP told him that they "typically don't do ballot initiatives" but "educate members." "Educating members" is typically just legalese from the 501(c)(3)s, so it will be ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Arkansas Times

  3. Incoming MSBA chief Baxter discusses upcoming agenda

    &via=&related=DolcePixel" Michael J. Baxter wanted to write the Great American Novel when he was a student, but these days he’s traded literary language for legalese. &via=&related=DolcePixel"
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Daily Record

Quotes

  1. "I don't know all the legalese concerning this issue, so I've had some very smart people inform me about the legalities here," Parton writes in an Oct. 24 letter that begins on a folksy note. "This industry relies on wireless technology and...
    on Oct 30, 2008 By: Dolly Parton Source: MSNBC

  2. "The new 'Privacy' link goes to our Privacy Center, which was revamped earlier this year to be more straightforward and approachable, with videos and a non-legalese overview to make sure you understand in basic terms what Google does, does not,...
    on Jul 4, 2008 By: Marissa Mayer Source: AXcess News

  3. "It's one thing to read it," said Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), a lawyer who voted against the first version of the bill on its way through the Energy and Commerce Committee. "It's another thing to understand it when it's written in legalese."
    on Oct 29, 2009 By: Lee Terry Source: Politico

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