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ABBREVIATION, practice. The omission of some words or letters in writing; as when fieri facias is written fi. fa.
     2. In writing contracts it is the better practice to make no abbreviations; but in recognizances, and many other contracts, they are used; as John Doe tent to prosecute, &c. Richard Roe tent to appear, &c. when the recognizances are used, they are drawn out in extenso. See 4 Ca. & P. 61; S.C.19E.C.L.R.268; 9 Co.48.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The panel opted to replace use of the LGBT acronym with LGB&T Committee report prepared for the next meeting
Some acronyms can make you chortle, such as WIMP or KREEP.
BUSINESS ACRONYMS COME and business acronyms go, and usually those acronyms are a snappy way to make an otherwise mundane business initiative sound exciting and new.
? SCUBA Stands for: Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus Which means: Who'd have thought this was an acronym? Scuba sounds a bit like what the diver is actually doing below the water.
The acronym and the movement--which says its goals are to end Israel's occupation of "all Arab lands" and dismantle the West Bank wall, ensure "full equality" for Palestinian citizens of Israel and allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes--took off slowly.
Several residents in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city which fell to the extremist group in June, told The Associated Press that the militants threatened to cut the tongue of anyone who publicly used the acronym Daesh, instead of referring to the group by its full name, saying it shows defiance and disrespect.
"Thousands of Women are Named Isis, Please Petition the Media to Use the Accurate Acronym ISIL," states her online petition (http://www.thepetitionsite.
But before the BFP official could explain its meaning, the President inquired further and asked, "paghalasa," word or acronym?"
I enjoyed "The Acronym Jungle" in the February issue.
"Dati le'she'avar," he tells me, "Someone who was religious in the past." No one seems to know the exact origins of the acronym or when it first began to be used, but it's a stark contrast from the moniker 'ex-frum,' the closest corresponding English descriptor.
Summary: Supporters of the opposition have begun using a new acronym to refer to Lebanon's Hezbollah, after the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) became a household word.