Why Do Lawyers Speak Legalese or Legal Jargons?

Legalese is a technical form of writing often used by lawyers and members of the legal community to discuss legal definitions, terms, laws, and contracts. It is the formal and technical language of legal documents. One example of legalese is the terms and conditions of a contract. 
Lawyers use words in their ordinary meaning just like every other member of the public on the one hand, and on the other hand, lawyers use words in a special/technical sense and thus give such a word a legal or uncommon meaning, such as "abate", which in law means to suppress a nuisance or to suspend a claim, or action, and a word like "bench" which in law means Judges or Magistrates collectively, etc.

The History of Legalese

Lawyers often use a lot of archaic or old words because much of the common law on which English law is based was developed in the 15th century when the commonly used words were Roman and Latin. 
Legalese can also be referred to as Legal jargon/terms so most laymen find it difficult to understand. 

In light of this, Lawyers refrain from using too much legal terms when relating with clients and laymen so as to further effective communication.

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  1. This is helpful as a fresher, it means we can communicate in a way a layman won't understand 🤣🤣

    1. Exactly, at the end of the day, communication is key. lol


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