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legalese

noun
     
Related topics: Linguistics
le‧gal‧ese [uncountable]
informalSL language used by lawyers that is difficult for most people to understand
WORD FOCUS: language WORD FOCUS: language
dialect the form of a language that is spoken in a particular area
slang
informal words used by people who belong to a particular group, for example young people, criminals etc
jargon
words used by people who do a particular job or are interested in a particular subject, which ordinary people cannot easily understand
terminology
words used in a particular subject such as science or medicine
journalese
language often used in newspapers
legalese
disapproving language used by lawyers or in legal documents, which is difficult for ordinary people to understand


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language

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