Legal Terms Vocabulary Practice (page 2)

Updated on Sep 8, 2011


In the space provided, write a T if the sentence is true or an F if it is false. If the sentence is false, cross out the word that makes it false and write the correct word from the vocabulary list above it.

  1. _____ When the mayor embezzled money from the city, it was an act of jurisprudence.
  2. _____ Cases are appealed in appellate court.
  3. _____ In a court of law, the judge is the person who will abrogate the case.
  4. _____ Lying under oath is an act of plagiarism.
  5. _____ When the cops found him with the stolen diamond ring, they charged him with larceny.
  6. _____ When the witness gave her affidavit, she was asked many questions under oath while a stenographer wrote down both the questions and her responses.
  7. _____ When I went through customs at the air port, they asked me if I was carrying any contraband items.
  8. _____ After her death, her family realized that she had died intestate, so they were not sure what to do with her estate.
  9. _____ If you run to another country after committing a crime, there is a very good chance that the country will exhume you to your homeland to be prosecuted.
  10. _____ Trying to pass off someone else's work as your own is an act of deposition.

Choosing the Right Word

Circle the word in bold that best completes the sentence.

  1. Her father died (ipso facto, intestate), so she and her siblings had difficulty dividing his estate.
  2. Before we could close the deal, the borrower had to provide evidence to the lender that there were no (liens, larcenies) against the borrower's property.
  3. In our town, our water became contaminated because a local factory was not disposing of dangerous chemicals properly, so we brought a (sanction, tort) claim against them and won.
  4. I am very interested in studying (jurisprudence, malfeasance), because I am fascinated by the different systems of law and the philosophical tenets on which they are based.
  5. In our country, child labor was (extradited, abrogated) a long time ago; however, in some countries, people are still fighting to end it.
  6. When my grandfather died, he left me his piano as a (contraband, bequest), which touched me deeply because he was the one who taught me how to play.
  7. After they found the tomb, the explorers wanted to (extradite, exhume) the remains to see if they could determine the date it was buried.
  8. The contract stated that the parties must give written notification of intent to extend the contract, or the contract (ipso facto, adjudicate) terminated on the expiration.
  9. Before the bank would give us our loan, the attorney prepared a(n) (deposition, affidavit) that stated that our property was debt-free and environmentally sound and asked me to sign it under oath.
  10. The woman who snatched the other woman's purse was eventually charged with (plagiarism, larceny).


Don't be afraid to ask questions. In a legal situation, ask someone to explain unfamiliar terms. It will give you a better understanding, and you might learn a new word or two in the process.

Matching Questions

Match the word in the first column with the corresponding word in the second column.

  1. lien                 a. the very fact
  2. extradite          b. testimony under oath
  3. adjudicate        c. the act of passing someone else's writing off as your own
  4. bequest           d. to abolish
  5. contraband      e. a violation of someone's rights
  6. perjury             f. one who dies without a will
  7. jurisprudence   g. the act of bequeathing
  8. ipso facto        h. charge against real property to satisfy a debt
  9. exhume            i. to act as judge
  10. abrogate           j. contentious
  11. appellate           k. misconduct, especially of a public official
  12. larceny             l. to surrender a criminal to a country where he or she can be tried
  13. tort                 m. lying under oath
  14. sanction           n. to remove from a grave
  15. affidavit           o. stealing
  16. litigious            p. sworn written statement
  17. malfeasance     q. illegal import or export of goods
  18. plagiarism         r. authoritative approval
  19. intestate            s. the philosophy of the law
  20. deposition         t. having the power to review the judgment of another court
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