Simple Definition of legalese
: the language used by lawyers that is difficult for most people to understand : legal jargon
Full Definition of legalese
: the specialized language of the legal profession <replaced legalese with plain talk — Steve Weinberg>
Examples of legalese in a sentence
I was confused by the legalese in the contract.
First Known Use of legalese
Rhymes with legalese
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Legal Definition of legalese
: the specialized language of the legal profession
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