legalese

[ lee-guh-leez, -lees ]
/ ˌli gəˈliz, -ˈlis /
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noun

language containing an excessive amount of legal terminology or of legal jargon.

Nearby words

  1. legal reserve,
  2. legal separation,
  3. legal tender,
  4. legal weight,
  5. legal-size,
  6. legalise,
  7. legalism,
  8. legalistic,
  9. legality,
  10. legalization

Origin of legalese

First recorded in 1910–15; legal + -ese

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British Dictionary definitions for legalese

legalese

/ (ˌliːɡəˈliːz) /

noun

the conventional language in which legal documents, etc, are written
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Word Origin and History for legalese

legalese

n.

"the language of legal documents," 1914, from legal + language name ending -ese.

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