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TransLegal’s English Dictionary

TransLegal’s English Dictionary is the only dictionary of law designed specifically to help lawyers and law students working in English as a second language. Whereas a British or US lawyer might want to know the difference between a “decree in equity” and a “judgment at common law” (something relevant only to the common law system), lawyers who are non-native speakers of English need more. They need to know how to use the word in a sentence, how to pronounce the word, what common mistakes to avoid (eg false friends) and the most common collocations. TransLegal’s Law Dictionary has been designed with these specific needs in mind. The dictionary is available online through TransLegal’s Legal English search engine, and as an iPhone/iPad app.

The TransLegal Learner’s Dictionary of Law is the product of thousands of hours of ongoing research carried out by an expert team of lawyer-linguists. Every term included in the TransLegal English Dictionary has been thoroughly researched to ensure that the definitions reflect current usage. Each definition has been graded so that it can be understood by intermediate-level speakers of English.

The English dictionary is packed with features, including encyclopaedic entries, notes on usage, common mistakes, and a phrase bank listing authentic examples of each term. These have been compiled by reference to a wide range of legal documents, corpora, reference materials, and the extensive knowledge gained from TransLegal’s 25 years of training lawyers to work in English as a Lingua Franca.

Dictionary features:

• Over 10,000 legal terms
• Over 15,000 easy to understand definitions
• Over 30,000 sound files to aid pronunciation
• Example sentences
• Common mistakes
• Encyclopaedic entries
• Tips on how to use the terms
• Differences between UK and US English highlighted
• Non-US and UK varieties of English also included
• Encyclopaedic entries for many terms
• Flexible search options
• Regular updates

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e.g.: principle, consideration, jurisdiction