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speaking

adjective

Definition of speaking

  1. 1a :  that speaks :  capable of speechb :  having a population that speaks a specified language —usually used in combination <English-speaking countries>c :  that involves talking or giving speeches <a speaking role> <a speaking tour>

  2. 2 :  highly significant or expressive :  eloquent

  3. 3 :  resembling a living being or a real object



13th Century

First Known Use of speaking

13th century


Law Dictionary

speaking

adjective speak·ing

Legal Definition of speaking

  1. :  addressing matters not raised in the pleadings <a speaking motion>






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