What does legalese mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term legalese:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. legalese(noun)

    a style that uses the abstruse technical vocabulary of the law


  1. legalese(Noun)

    The technical talk of the legal profession, the argot of lawyers.

  2. legalese(Noun)

    Wording that resembles how a lawyer writes, especially such that is confusing to the layperson.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. legalese

    Dense, pedantic verbiage in a language description, product specification, or interface standard; text that seems designed to obfuscate and requires a language lawyer to parse it. Though hackers are not afraid of high information density and complexity in language (indeed, they rather enjoy both), they share a deep and abiding loathing for legalese; they associate it with deception, suits, and situations in which hackers generally get the short end of the stick.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legalese in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legalese in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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