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Slang; technical jargon used by attorneys that is often beyond the comprehension of the nonlawyer.

States enact "plain English" laws that require the translation of legalese into everyday language to permit consumers to understand thei insurance policies, deeds, mortgages, leases, credit card financing agreements, and other legal documents.

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n. slang for the sometimes arcane, convoluted and specialized jargon of lawyers and legal scholars.

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the language used by the legal profession, a term now used pejoratively.
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The second part presents some of Professor Kimble's essays on legal writing generally (it's called "On Legal Writing Generally," so we can all follow along).
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