What does that mean?

The Law Library maintains the current and past editions of Black’s Law Dictionary in print; also available in the library’s Westlaw Patron Access online subscription.

Why use Black’s Law Dictionary?

“Description: For more than a century Black’s Law Dictionary® has been the standard for the language of law. Today it’s the most widely cited law book in the world. Edited by Bryan A. Garner, the 9th Edition is the most comprehensive law dictionary ever published. It contains more than 45,000 terms, alternate spellings or equivalent expressions for more than 5,300 terms, and West key numbers.

Features

  • Includes 2,000 more terms than the 8th Edition and 19,000 more terms than the 7th Edition
  • Includes West key numbers
  • Includes definitions of more than 1,000 law-related abbreviations and acronyms
  • Includes the date when selected terms were first used in English-language contexts, especially in judicial opinions
  • Offers heightened accuracy—more than 200 lawyers around the country reviewed terms
  • Provides definitions of more than 1,000 law-related abbreviations and acronyms
  • Provides nearly 3,000 quotations drawn from sources over five centuries
  • Shows alternate spellings or equivalent expressions for more than 5,300 terms” -publisher

If you can’t make it into the library try these resources for legal terms:

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