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legalese

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noun le·gal·ese \ˌlē-gə-ˈlēz, -ˈlēs\

Simple Definition of legalese

  • : the language used by lawyers that is difficult for most people to understand : legal jargon

Full Definition of legalese

  1. :  the specialized language of the legal profession <replaced legalese with plain talk — Steve Weinberg>


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