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Legal Terms Vocabulary Practice (page 3)

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Practice Activities

Read an article about a current or historical court case and see how many of the vocabulary words from this chapter appear in the article. Write down any additional legal words you find in the article and their definitions based on the context clues. Be sure to look up each word in your dictionary and to write down its definition as well.

Find a legal document such as the lease for your apartment, the back of a credit card application, a letter from a lawyer, the agreement with your car insurance company, or any other contract. Read through the document, add any new legal words to your vocabulary list, and look them up. As you read, think about the following questions: How is the document written? Is it easy to understand? Why or why not? How are legal words used in the document?

Crossword Puzzle

Choose the word from the vocabulary list that best fits into the crossword puzzle. You will use 20 words from the vocabulary list to solve the puzzle. You can check your answers at the end of the chapter following the answers to the questions.

Legal Terms

Answers

Words in Context

The first word we encounter is deposition. The context tells us that it is an alternative to testifying in court, but that you are still under oath. We can conclude that it means a written testimony under oath prior to a trial. Sally died intestate, leaving the family unsure of how she wanted them to split up her belongings, so intestate must mean without a will. The narrator says he thinks Sally meant the house to be a bequest, or meant the narrator's mother to inherit the house. So bequest must mean something that is left to someone in a will. Tom has a signed affidavit, so an affidavit must mean a written statement. The narrator didn't want this to become litigious but it has, so we can conclude that litigious must mean contentious and prone to litigation. Finally, Tom wants someone else to adjudicate, or settle, this dispute. So adjudicate must mean to act as a judge or to settle judicially.

Sentence Completion

  1. sanction. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  2. appellate. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  3. deposition. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  4. contraband. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  5. bequest. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  6. affidavit. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  7. abrogate. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  8. adjudicate. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  9. tort. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  10. larceny. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  11. ipso facto. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  12. intestate. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  13. malfeasance. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  14. perjury. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  15. plagiarism. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  16. jurisprudence. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  17. extradite. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  18. lien. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  19. exhume. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.
  20. litigious. If you got this question wrong, go back and review the word's definition.

True/False

  1. False, correct word is malfeasance
  2. True
  3. False, correct word is adjudicate
  4. False, correct word is perjury
  5. True
  6. False, correct word is deposition
  7. True
  8. True
  9. False, correct word is extradite
  10. False, correct word is plagiarism

Choosing the Right Word

  1. intestate
  2. liens
  3. tort
  4. jurisprudence
  5. abrogated
  6. bequest
  7. exhume
  8. ipso facto
  9. affidavit
  10. larceny

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Crossword Puzzle Solution

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