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Questions tagged [legalese]

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Usage of “cause” in “Impeachment does not even require probable cause that a crime has been committed.”

Is the use of cause within this context correct?: Impeachment does not even require probable cause that a crime has been committed. I've looked through many dictionaries and none of them did ...
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Is there any way of expression to substitute “to be called into question”?

I wish to replace "to be called into question" with "raise doubt over" or "cast doubt on" in the sentence below: Based on the judgment on Case No. xxxx (X v. Y), would the independence of such ...
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What's the word for lying in court?

I am not sure what the word is, because I forgot it, but I think for this question there might be several answers, and it depends on the context, there's the word that defines the crime of lying in ...
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“Such plea” “such waiver”: ungrammatical legal jargon?

I have encountered the noun phrase "such plea" in a lot of legal texts. Examples: In federal courts, such plea may be accepted as long as there is evidence that the defendant is actually guilty. ...
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contained as a verb

I saw in a lease this sentence "In consideration of the mutual agreements contained herein and other valuable consideration received, and with the intent to be legally bound, Landlord and Tenant ...
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A problem regarding numbers

Meaning of the word ground is reason. But in the following sentence Despite governments bringing in legislation towards this end, they have been struck down on the grounds that the additional ...
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What do you call a legal statement that states a fact rather than stating a rule of conduct or procedure?

What do you call a legal statement that states a fact rather than stating a rule of conduct or procedure? I can't think of a word. Is there any such word? If there's no such word, which words would ...
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Word for “a legal order stripping a mentally incapacitated person of his right to control his assets”

If my father has shown signs of insanity, for example, I might file a lawsuit demanding that he be denied his right to control his property. This legal order annuls any purchase, sale or donation made ...
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help with the word proceeds in a sentence of legal context

By the mutual agreement between the parties hereto, proceeds in accordance with the terms of this Contract, in which case the amount recovered under said insurance policy shall be applied to the ...
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What is the difference between “solicitor” and lawyer?

I've tried to understand the difference between solicitor and lawyer based on Cambridge dictionary, but it is not clear to me. What is the difference between them? In the mentioned dictionary it's ...
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Meaning of “respecting” in “no law respecting an establishment of religion”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably ...
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The use of perfect present tense combined with present tense

There's a sentence in The Edict of Nantes (English version) starting like this: We have, by this perpetual and irrevocable edict, established and proclaimed and do establish and proclaim:... ...
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What does “deemed election” mean in the context of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)?

Deemed Election by Former Spouse: The DD Form 2656 does not require a former spouse's signature. To prevent that former spouse from being at the mercy of a retiring servicemember who does not ...
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What does “You have the right to an attorney” mean? [closed]

Does attorney means lawyer? and What does "You have the right to an attorney" mean?
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What's the meaning of “in the instance case”?

I've come across this phrase in legal documents. I've searched Google but couldn't find a definition. Google even treats it as a misspelling and says: Did you mean: "in the instant case" Some sample ...
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How do you call the “act” of saving information?

There is a way of saying things with verbs like "Save data" or "clean room" or "Backup file". They have their counterparts like Clean room --> Room Cleaning Backup file --> File Backup Save Data ---...
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Grammaticality: 'such […] relief as to this Honourable Court may seem just'

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011), p. 82 Middle. The plaintiff claims: [...] (f) such further and other relief as to this Honourable Court may seem just This ...
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Need help understanding confusing info in tax publication

My English is not very good since I came to the country few years ago. I want to prepare taxes and I am just looking at some information from IRS publication 970. In particular, can someone please ...
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give an explanation within two days (of/from) the receipt of this letter

You are required to give an explanation (A) for your conduct (B) within two days of the receipt of this letter. (C) No error (D) This sentence was asked in my exam under the tag of error spotting ...
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Use the verb “to mothball” in official texts

I saw a Wikipedia article (and not only this one) using the verb "to mothball" to denote rather obsolete, abandoned, put-on-hold methods or phenomena, e.g.: So by 2003, the original ECMAScript 4 ...
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Usage: Cancel membership “effective at/with”/“with effect of”/“with”/… the end of the current membership year?

Which of the following (if any) is the correct way to say you don't want to auto-renew membership, but instead cancel it? I hereby cancel my membership of xyz... effective at effective ...
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“Duress” in the (archaic) sense of “Forcible restraint or imprisonment.”

I'm currently trying to figure out the exact meaning of the word duress in the sense forcible restraint or imprisonment. The Oxford Dictionary tells me that this meaning of the word is archaic. I've ...
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Adjectival Phrases- “accessory before the fact” vs “accessory after the fact”

What is the difference between accessory before the fact and accessory after the fact? Although I knew the individual meanings of them but unable to differentiate them from each other. Google says ...
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Differences between words indicating residence

Could a native English language speaker please explain what is the difference between the following words? Residence Dwelling Abode Habitation According to dictionaries, they look similar.
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Word for when someone is freed of all charges or all charges dropped against them

What is one word for someone against whom initially there were some charges of wrongdoing but later is freed of all such charges or charges dropped against them formally or by a court? Thanks in ...
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Is there a name for a type of letter where the writer asks an institution to provide a service?

In my country, it happens quite often that a citizen needs a service from a government agency, but there's no exact form for the service that the citizen wants. In such case, in Serbia, we'd write a ...
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Is it appropriate to reduce the sentence in this way?

Can I say this sentence in this way: The document which is to be signed by me is to be reviewed by the Manager and to be signed by the General Director. ⇒ The document to be signed by me to be ...
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Can I put “the other” instead of “each other” or “either” when there is everything mentioned in one sentence?

I am stuck in one sentence while proofreading the draft Agreement of the two parties. Please help me! Here is the tricky sentence that has given me headache for the past two days. FYI. There are ...
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Can you use “the” + “both” + noun?

I came across this sentence "Now therefore, the both parties enter into..." and it seemed incorrect to me. Shouldn't it be "both (of) the parties" or "both parties"? Or is it correct to say "the ...
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Best way to ask if a person lacks a criminal record in a form on a website

I have a website and there's an online form to be filled out by people who visit the site. I want to make sure that a certain person lacks a criminal record (that he hasn't one). So I put this: Lack ...
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Why “grand theft auto”, not “grand auto theft”?

There is a video game series called "Grand Theft Auto". According to its Wikipedia page: The name of the series references the term used in the US for motor vehicle theft. [...] Motor ...
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What is the meaning of levy a fine

I came across the following definition: To levy a fine - to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to land or tenements. But I've always thought it means something like is that you ...
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What did Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. mean by 'molar to molecular actions'?

Preface: I originally posted this on Law SE but was advised to post here instead. Secondary Source: Introduction to The Study of Law (8 edn, 2016), p. 11 Middle. Primary Source: p 218, writing by ...
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After earning a Master's degree, does one have reached the Master level?

I am translating a typical French diploma into English. The translation will be certified, so I am trying to use the proper terms. The diploma reads Le diplôme [...] confère le grade de Master., ...
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Dating a diploma: “executed at” vs “done at” vs “given at” vs “signed at”

I am translating a typical French diploma into English. The translation will be certified, so I am trying to use the proper terms. The diploma ends with a date: which indicates when the diploma was ...
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Are “Given the laws on education” and “Given the decree” the best phrases in this context?

I am translating a typical French master diploma into English. The translation will be certified, so I am trying to use the proper terms. I loosely take "Vu le code de l'éducation" and "Vu le décret" ...
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meaning of a complex sentence

From the University of Alabama "Application for Admission", as of February 2016: At the time of your entry to UA, will you have been separated from the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or ...
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Can you say “a one thing?”

In patent context, I came across an expression "a one end of a conductor and an other end of the conductor." I am wondering why it is "a one end", instead of just "one end", since you don't need an ...
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Is “murder” a noun or verb in “Mr Putin is guilty of conspiracy to murder”?

From The Telegraph's live feed on the ruling in the Litvinenko case: Emmerson says report findings mean Mr Putin is guilty of conspiracy to murder and should be held to account. Is this word ...
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Meaning of “prove this otherwise”

The provision made at the end of cl 17 enables a purchaser, if he wishes, to prove affectation at the relevant date by production of the appropriate written statement, in the present case stating ...
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Meaning of “as will” in “an insistence on documents in such a form as will evidence with certainty a contract and the terms of that contract”

In ascertaining their intention, we must take account of those factors which favour an insistence on documents in such a form as will evidence with certainty a contract and the terms of that contract, ...
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What's the meaning of “the form of the question” here?

A: You're, um your husband's death? B: Yes. A: Dating again? C: Objection. This certainly has no relevance. A: All objections have been waived till the trial, except for the form ...
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What is difference between “has been taken residency” and “has been taking residency”?

Which one is correct, or if both, what is difference between "has been taken residency" and "has been taking residency"? EDIT: few more details about the question I write this phrase in "proof of ...
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Meaning of phrase “apart altogether”?

I was reading a book and came across the following sentence: The question of the value of the chattels on the land in the present case might, as my brother Windeyer point out, arise and have to ...
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creating apprehension of such contact

Battery is a criminal offense involving unlawful physical contact, distinct from assault which is the act of creating apprehension of such contact. -Wikipedia I searched online to find the ...
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What do you call someone whose job is to enforce a judge's decision?

In my native country there is a profession whose role is to ensure that a judge's decision is carried out. For example, judge might find the defendant guilty and order him to pay some amount of money ...
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What is the meaning of Five Thousand and No/100 Dollars in a contract?

The following snippet is part of a business agreement. I don't understand the meaning of 'five thousand and no/100 dollars (5,000.00 USD)'. For A's responsibilities and services under this ...
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What does “to be performed or complied with” in Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) mean?

Please explain the text in bold: 7 General duties of employees at work. It shall be the duty of every employee while at work— (a) to take reasonable care for the health and safety of ...
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How to distinguish between “each” and “every”?

A. She gave an apple to every of the children. B. She gave an apple to each of the children. Would you please show me which one is correct? or if they both could be considered correct?
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Meaning of “for your record”

What does the expression "for your record" mean here: "If you have any questions about the study, please ask us. A copy of this form will be provided to you for your record." The text is from a ...