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Black's Law Dictionary  
Author: Bryan A. Garner
ISBN: 0314151990
Format: Handover
Publish Date: June, 2005
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Book Description
Edited by Bryan A. Garner, the world’s leading legal lexicographer, Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition is now better than ever! The new 8th Edition has more than 43,000 definitions, plus almost 3,000 quotations. Alternative spellings or equivalent terms and expressions are provided for more than 5,300 terms and senses, serving a thesaurus-like function. The extensive appendix on legal abbreviations is a major addition. It’s the first time such a comprehensive guide has been included in a modern law dictionary, and is an invaluable aid to the legal researcher.
-17,000 more definitions than the 7th Edition
-Newly enhanced with West Key Numbers for research reference
-Includes changes made since the creation of the department of Homeland Security
-Almost 3,000 quotations from authorities drawn from sources over at least five centuries
-More than 1,000 law-related abbreviations and acronyms are defined
-Extensive appendix on legal abbreviations
-Faculty recommended

Black's Law Dictionary


An essential for every lawyer's library, this venerable 1891 classic has been completely revised and updated by Bryan Garner, a lawyer with a lifetime passion for language, and includes almost 5,000 new definitions with quotations from important cases.


For the first time since the original 1891 edition, this classic legal resource has enjoyed a complete cover-to-cover revision. Last updated in 1990, more than 30,000 definitions have been honed, sharpened and made more concise. Over 4,500 terms appear for the first time in any legal dictionary. Each definition conveys more information than ever. With the new 7th edition, readers will stay up-to-date on every nuance of emerging terminology. Quotations from important cases and respected scholars allow readers to see how a term is used in context and to grasp the meaning instantly.

Features include: Headwords showing whether the word I upper or lower case, roman or italic type Easy to understand pronunciation symbols Over 2,000 illustrative quotations Specialized vocabularies Cross referencing among related terms

Summary of Contents:


The Pronunciation of Latin

Outline of Latin Pronunciation

Guide to Pronunciation Symbols

Text of Definitions


Table of Abbreviations

The Constitution of the United States

Time Chart of the United States Supreme Court

Organizational Chart of United States Government

Table of British Regnal Years


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