LR2 Vocabulary

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LR2 Vocabulary
2012-10-02 21:53:50
Legal Research

Words commonly used in law
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  1. Abash (v)
    to destroy the self confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert, make ashamed or embarrassed:

    "The heckler's intent was to abash the speaker in hopes of distracting her from her imporant message."
  2. Abate (v)
    to reduce in amount, degree,  intensity; lessen, diminish or suppress (a nuisance):

    "The accountant's skillful recommendations were enough to abate his client's tax burden making it a more reasonable sum."
  3. Abdicate (v)
    to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim or responsibility in a formal manner.

    "The ailing ruler chose to abdicate his throne in order to save his country."
  4. Aberrant (adj.)
    departing form the right, normal or usual course, deviant:

    "When a child's behavior and school work are abberrant, a good teacher will take notice and inquire about the child's welfare."
  5. Abhor (v)
    to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion:

    "I abhor the current healthcare policy because I know the dire effects it has on the physicians who actually provide the healthcare."
  6. Abrogate (v)
    to abolish by formal or official means:

    "It would be  nice if a new administration can abrogate Obamacare before it is too late."
  7. Abysmal (adj.)
    of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great:

    "The real estate market's decline in Florida is abysmal with no end in sight for the homeowner's."
  8. Accretion (n)
    an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition:

    "The gradual accretion of illegal immigrants has caused a population explosion in the border states."
  9. Acolyte (n)
    any attendant, assistant, or follower/ admirer, fan:

    "Although I can understand his point of view, I am not one of his acolytes."
  10. Acquiesce (v)
    to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest:

    "Becasue she was silent, she appeared to acquiesce to the board's decision."
  11. Acrimonious (adj.)
    caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior:

    "The political ads become more acrimonious and distasteful as the election progresses."
  12. Acumen (n)
    keen insight, shrewdness, mental sharpness:

    "Her acumen and skill propelled her to the top of her class in law school."
  13. Allegory (n)
    a symbolic story, parable, representation:

    "The witnesses account of the crime seemed more like an allegory than a factual re-telling."
  14. Aperture (n)
    an opening, as a hole, slit or crack, gap:

     The aperture on my camera adjusts the amount of light coming through the lens.
  15. Arcane (adj.)
    known or understood by very few, mysterious secret; obscure; esoteric:

    My husband is the master of trivia and arcane medical facts.
  16. Aver (v)
    to assert or affirm with confidence; to allege as a fact:  

    The participants at the rally aver their allegiance to the candidate when they purchase the candidate's signs and t-shirts.
  17. Baleful (adj.)
    full of menancing influences, evil sinister:  

    Until recently, vampires were depicted in movies as the dark, baleful villain.
  18. Banal (adj.)
    ordinary, trite: devoid of freshness or originality:

    The comedian repeated the same banal, worn-out jokes every night.
  19. Capacious (adj.)
    spacious, vast; capable of holding much:

    The new SUV provided plenty of room for our luggage due to its capacious cargo area.
  20. Capricious (adj.)
    flighty, impulsive; subject to, led by, erratic:  

    He was frequently distracted with questions leading to a capricious and disjointed lecture.
  21. Cataclysm (n)
    catastrophe, violent upheaval, especially one of a social or politcal nature:

    The terrorist attack on 911 was a cataclysm that hurt the psyche of the American people.
  22. Catharsis (n)
    purging, venting: a purging of emotions:

    Being able to call someone to vent about your day can be a catharsis.
  23. Censure (v)
    to condemn severely for doing something bad:

    Congress did not censure the Congressman despite his heinous actions.
  24. Charlatan (n)
    fraud, con-man:

    Personally I feel that most politicans are charlatans whose words are not to be trusted.
  25. Chicanery (n)
    trickery, deceitfulness:

    It could be argued that Jose Baez's opening argument was full of smoke, mirrors, and chicanery.
  26. Clemency (n)
    mercy, forgivenss, mildness:

    The governor's last act was to offer clemency to some high-profile inmates.
  27. Compendium (n)
    summary, abridgment, brief treatment of a subject:

    My husband's library has many books including several compendiums of Neurology.
  28. Complicity (n)
    participating in wrongdoing; state of being an accomplice:

    Her complicity and involvement in the crime were evidenced by the store's surveillance tapes.
  29. Condone (v)
    to overlook, permit to happen:

    We could not condone the employee's blatant abuse of the overtime policy.
  30. Convivial (adj.)
    festive, merry, friendly, agreeable:

    His convivial personality makes him very approachable and the life of every party.
  31. Copious (adj.)
    voluminous, abundant:

    When the levy burst, it allowed copious amounts of water to flood New Orleans.
  32. Debacle (n)
    overwhelming defeat:

    The holes in the defense made the game an embarrassing debacle for the home team.
  33. Deleterious (adj.)

    Because the mother's habits were deleterious to her child, the child was removed from her custody.
  34. Demagogue (n)
    a leader who is more of a rabble rouser:

    His true identity as a demagogue is evidenced by his constant divisive remarks that have created damage to the country's core.
  35. Denigrate (v)
    defame, slander:

    Certain news groups do all they can to denigrate the opponent in the campaign.
  36. Deprecate (v)
    condemn, criticize:

    He tends to deprecate her with his accusations and tone when she makes an error.
  37. Dilatory (adj.)
    causing a delay:

    My daughter's morning routine is dilatory and frequently puts her behind in the morning.
  38. Disinterested (adj.)
    not taking sides; unbiased:

    The mediator must be disinterested in the final outcome in order to effectively do her job.
  39. Doltish (adj.)

    His immature remarks and behavior came across as doltish and ridiculous.
  40. Draconian (adj.)
    cruel, harsh:

    Vlad the Impaler maintained a draconian torture chamber where he terrorized his prisoners.
  41. Ebullient (adj.)
    effervescent, sparkling:

    Her ebullient personality was most apparent when she talked about her art.
  42. Edifice (n)
    building, structure:

    The Empire State Building is an imposing edifice along the New York skyline.
  43. Efface (v)
    annul, erase; wipe out, expunge:

    The judge opted to efface the newly presented evidence as it was not properly disclosed during discovery.
  44. Empirical (adj.)
    verifiable or proven:

    A good attorney relies on their instinct and empirical knowledge of the court system.
  45. Epithet (n)
    a disparaging term:

    The media improperly refer to him as a murderer, an epithet that will be hard to overcome.
  46. Erudite (adj.)
    scholarly, learned:

    Despite the attorney's maneuvering, he was not able to confuse the erudite judge.
  47. Esoteric (adj.)

    The Jeopardy contestant seemed to recall a vast array of esoteric facts and trivia.
  48. Exacerbate (v)
    worsen, intensify:

    I usually laugh during an argument and this tends to exacerbate my husband's frustration.
  49. Expiate (v)
    make amends, repent:

    I have yet to see Joe Biden expiate for his off-color ridiculously offensive remarks.
  50. Expository (adj.)

    We were asked to write an expository brief of the three cases to find a loophole for our client.