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Definition of "legalese" []

  • The specialized vocabulary of the legal profession, especially when considered to be complex or abstruse. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "legalese" in a sentence
  • "Reading a 5,000 word contract printed in minuscule print, full of legalese, is one thing, understanding it is a totally different thing."
  • "There are millions of Americans who are not proficient at reading and comprehension, much less reading and understanding any contract that is written in legalese … …."
  • "The actual document reads like Japanese stereo instructions and is written in legalese, a form that by design keeps all but the most die-hards from understanding it."