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[lee-guh-leez, -lees] /ˌli gəˈliz, -ˈlis/
language containing an excessive amount of legal terminology or of legal jargon.
Origin of legalese
1910-15; legal + -ese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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the conventional language in which legal documents, etc, are written
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for legalese

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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legalese in Technology

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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