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plain language

noun accepted language, clear lannuage, cogent writing, concise writing, conventional lannuage, correct English, exact writing, plain English, plain speaking, plain speech, precise expression, precise writing, specific writing, unambiguous legalese, understandable languageGenerally: plain language laws
Associated concepts: comprehensible writing, correct writtng, effective writing, proper writing
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My guests, ye higher men, I will speak plain language and plainly with you.
I suppose they--the flights and flourishes--are desirable, and I regret not being able to supply them; but at the same time I cannot help thinking that simple things are always the most impressive, and that books are easier to understand when they are written in plain language, though perhaps I have no right to set up an opinion on such a matter.
It was only when the lawyer's brutally plain language forced his attention to it that the question of his pecuniary interest in his father-in-law's death assumed its fit position in his mind.
Center for Plain Language issues grades to government agencies
This rewrite is just one example of a widespread shift toward "plain language," defined by the federal Plain Language Action and Information Network as "communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.
WARRINGTON-based X-Press Legal Services has launched a free website which uses plain language to give visitors a better grasp of the law, what it means to them, and access to legal experts.
Writing for dollars, writing to please; the case for plain language in business, government, and law.
Thus, the plain language of the constitutional provision approved by the voters only required the counties to pay overhead costs for the offices specified in subsection (c)," wrote Justice Peggy Quince in the September 22 opinion, in which the other six justices concurred.
But the codes are moving off the airwaves as public safety departments across the country adopt a plain language approach.
They might be surprised to learn that the use of clear, concise language in communications has been a passion of mine since I began practicing law in 1983, when the Iowa Supreme Court adopted plain language requirements for jury instructions.
Many are combining plain language and plain design: they are changing the "look and feel" of their statutes by using easy-to-read fonts, rethinking the way in which sections are organized and numbered, and adding features such as headers, summaries and diagrams to help readers find what they need.
Using an informal style and plain language, mathematician and physicist McMahon explains how to solve the linear algebra problems that are likely to arise in coursework.