75 Most Used and Helpful Legal Words

Here are 75 most used words helpful for legal drafting. Hope you'll like them and would like to expand it by adding more words. write down in comments below.

Expedient
– To Prioritize , to rush
Cavil
– Argument by which a conclusion evidently false , is drawn from a principle evidently true.
Elusive
– Difficult to find , catch or achieve.
Scuffle
– a short , confused fight or struggle at close quarters.
Credential
– a qualification, achievement , quality, or aspect of a person‘s background , especially when used to indicate their suitability for something.
Oblivious
– Aware.
Accustomed
– Customary ; usual.
Treacherous
– Guilty of or involving betrayal.
Erudite
– learned.
Accentuating
– More noticeable.
Crescendo
– Progressive increase in intensity.
Tedious
–Too long , slow or dull.
Dreadful
– involving great suffering.
Enigma
– Mysterious or difficult to understand.
Sceptical
– Doubtful.
Sardonic
– grimly mocking or cynical.
Habeas corpus [writ]
– a prerogative writ to a person who detains another in custody and which commands him to produce or ‘ have the body of that person before him ‘
Mesne
– middle, intervening or tame by nature.
Per se
– by itself
Nocumentum
– an annoying , unpleasant or obnoxious thing or practice.
Non obstante
– notwithstanding
Prima facie
– on the face of it.
Aequitas
– Equity i.e fair or just according to natural law.
Bona fide
– in good faith.
Certiorari [writ]
– a writ of a superior court calling forth the records and entire proceedings of an inferior court or a writ by which causes are removed from an inferior court into a superior court.
Obiter dicta [a doctrine]
– an incidental and collateral opinion uttered by a judge while delivering a judgement and which is not binding. See ratio decidendi (opposite to obiter dicta) Rule of Precedent
Pari material
– on the same material.
Pendente lite
– during the process of litigation.
Supra
– above. [used mostly in footnotes]
Status quo
– the state in which the things are , or were.
– general awareness of the people.
Res judicata [principle of law]
– a case or suit already decided cannot be decided by the same court again.
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RE [refers to reference cases.]
– in the matter of.
See Indian Law- Art. 143 of Constitution of India.
Ratio Legis
– according to spirit of law,
Scienter
– knowledge ; an allegation in a pleading that the thing has been done knowingly.
Ex gratia
–as an act of grace or favour.
In rem
– an act , proceeding or right available against the world at large, as opposed to in personam.
Noscitur a socits
– a word known by its associates , i.e the meaning of a word cab be gathered from the context.
Res sub judis [principle of law]
– a matter under judicial consideration cannot be considered by any other courts unless disposed of or transferred.
Compare with res judicata.
Ad hoc
– created or done for a particular purpose as necessary.
Pertinent
– Relevant or applicable to a particular matter , apposite.
Curative petition [writ petition]
– question arises whether an aggrieved person is entitled to any relief against the final judgment / order of the Supreme Court, after dismissal of a review petition.
propounded by Indian Supreme Court in case of Rupa Ashok Hurra v. Ashok Hurra under Article 32.
Advent
– arrival of a notable person or thing.
Submergence
– to cover ; bury.
Vicinity
–the area near or surrounding a particular place.
Detention
–the act of detaining someone or the state of being in official custody.
Rebuttable
– an instance of rebutting evidence or an accusation.
Preclude
– prevent from happening ; make impossible.
Discrepancy
– an illogical or surprising lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts.
Superannuation
– pension paid to a retired employee who has contributed to a superannuation fund.
Ordinance
– An authoritative order
Promulgation
– to make known by open declaration; publish ; proclaim formally or put into operation.
Consortium
– the right of association and companionship with one’s husband or wife
Averred
– allege as a fact in support of a plea
Estoppel [doctrine of,]
– the principle which precludes a person from asserting something contrary to what is implied by a previous action or statement of that person or by a previous pertinent judicial determination.
Plenary
– unqualified ; absolute
Impugned
– dispute the truth , validity or honesty of ( a statement or motive ) ; call into question.
Prejudiced
– harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgement.
Legal Luminary
– a person who inspires or influences others , especially one prominent in a particular sphere.
Plagiarized
– the act of appropriating the literary composition of another , or parts or passages of his writings , or the ideas or language of the same , and passing them off as the product of one’s own mind.
Evacuee
– A person evacuated from a place of danger.
Demarcate
– Set the boundaries or limits of.
Unfettered
– not confined or restricted
Discernible
– able to be discerned ; perceptible.
Arenas
– a place or scene of activity , debate , or conflict.
Transgression
– An act that goes against a law , or code of conduct ; an offence.
Construed
– interpret in a particular way.
Consonance
– Agreement or compatibility , between opinions or actions.
Retrospectively
– looking back.
Dissuade
– persuade not to take a particular course of action.
Rationale
– set of reasons.
Embezzlement
– Theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust or belongings to one’s employer.
Perished
– die , especially in a violent or sudden way.
Inter alia
– among other things
Arbitration
– the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute.

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