how to pronounce legalese


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the above transcription of legalese is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

legalese is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of legalese in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… wade through the legalese together …”

meanings of legalese


  1. Wordy, ostentatious talk or writing that resembles legal writing, especially when confusing to laypeople; bureaucratese; officialese.
  2. Technical jargon common in the legal profession, the argot of lawyers.

legalese frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word legalese occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics legalese can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that legalese can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

words with pronunciation similar to legalese


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