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A description of uniform language used normally in legal documents that has a definite, unvarying meaning in the same context that denotes that the words have not been individually fashioned to address the legal issue presented.

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n., adj. slang for provisions in a contract, form or legal pleading which are apparently routine and often preprinted. The term comes from an old method of printing. Today "boilerplate" is commonly stored in computer memory to be retrieved and copied when needed. A layperson should beware that the party supplying the boilerplate form usually has developed supposedly "standard" terms (some of which may not apply to every situation) to favor and/or protect the provider.

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(US) a form or document with blanks that can be used as a template, precedent or style.
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Regulation by boilerplates means that one web of terms collected from many sources of law (the legally supplied default provisions) is replaced with a fairly comprehensive but concise substitute (boilerplate).
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It provided ample scope for boilerplate demagogy inveighing against "pork barrel politics" and budget busting.
At least twice in the book they suggest using boilerplate to save time in creating a draft.
Each contract signed by the group will invariably contain a number of "boilerplate" provisions that govern the parties' relationship.
Fed's Beige Book reiterated economic growth remained "modest to moderate," the usual boilerplate, even though analysts're coming off of a 4.2% pace in Q2 and are looking for better than 3% in Q3.
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However, conventional programming languages miss the concept of patterns so developers are forced to implement patterns by hand, spending up to 20% of their time writing repetitive code known as boilerplate. The white paper, "10 Reasons You Must Consider Pattern-Aware Programming" explores the problem of duplication in source code and suggests pattern-aware programming to eradicate boilerplate and reduce codebase by 5% to 25% with an average 19x return on investment.
That state's claim of immunity is mere "boilerplate," said Bill Beardall, who also serves as executive director of the Equal Justice Center, and the lawsuit against the Department of State Health Services should proceed.