Legalese



[lee-guh-leez, -lees] /ˌli gəˈliz, -ˈlis/

noun
1.
language containing an excessive amount of terminology or of jargon.
/ˌliːɡəˈliːz/
noun
1.
the conventional language in which legal documents, etc, are written
n.

“the language of legal documents,” 1914, from legal + language name ending -ese.

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.

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