Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage

The definitive guide to modern legal vocabulary, style, and usage.

This dictionary provides invaluable help for practicing lawyers, legal scholars, students and anyone who deals with the language of law. It provides guidance on all the vexing questions that legal writers face, from correcting grammatical errors to framing legal issues to distinguishing between near-synonyms.

  • Indispensable information from the origins of common terms to frequently misused phrases
  • A valuable resource for definitions of vocabulary and pronunciation guidelines
  • Thousands of illustrative quotations from judicial opinions and leading lawbooks
  • Explains what legalese is and how it can be simplified
With authoritative yet lively explanations of thousands of terms, this work remains the essential guide for anyone looking for help using and understanding legal terms.