Legalese: Definition & Examples


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If a document simply states 'Please sign and date here', would this document be considered to have legalese terms? Why or why not?

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A cell phone company includes a clause in their contract outlining how and when a customer can unlock their phone. The customer is confused by some of the terms and calls the company legal department for guidance.

Would the complicated terms be considered legalese?

2. Why is legalese considered important, not only in the legal profession but for companies who deal with contracts as well?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is the term for a failure of one party to hold up their end of an agreement? This quiz and worksheet will check your answer to this question and others related to legalese.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz covers:

  • Whether a statement is considered legalese
  • Complicated contractual terms
  • The importance of legalese
  • Legalese phrasing in a legal document
  • The legalese term for one party fails to hold up their end of an agreement

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about legalese
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the importance of legalese and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding complicated contractual terms

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled Legalese: Definition & Examples. Here's a quick glance at topics in the lesson:

  • An overview of legalese
  • Examples of how legalese is used in contracts
  • Common terms and phrases