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Black's Law Dictionary

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Book Summary of Black's Law Dictionary 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 thes ...more
Hardcover, Eighth Edition, 1810 pages
Published May 14th 2004 by West Publishing Co (first published June 1891)
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Darth J
Once upon a time I was a law nerd and wanted to become an attorney. While working at a firm curbed me of that right quick, I still loved all the jargon. This book is a handy reference guide to legalese.

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Aug 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children of all ages
a murder-mystery wrapped in a true coming-of-age tale!
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: law
And by "read," I mean used moderately.
Ben Moore
Jul 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately stuck on this one - and other dry material - for the next two weeks.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: debaters
Hehehe. Only a debater, and more importantly, only I would have a dictionary up here. : ]
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bryan Garner's edition is the best (8th ed. on).
Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
Anyone have one hundred or so dollars to purchase this? >.<
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
This definitive law dictionary is also available in abridged and pocket versions. (No, I haven't read the whole thing.)
David Dranchak
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black's Law Dictionary, 8th Edition is a helpful reference work for anyone in business or law today. Black's Law Dictionary offers precise and accurate legal definitions.

Black's Law Dictionary, 8th Edition is edited by lexicographer Bryan A. Garner and is distributed by Thomson-West Publishing Company.

Black's Law Dictionary has several editions and is available in many different media formats. Visit Black's website to learn more:
I liked that it lists the related sub-topics under words (ex. under eviction, there's actual eviction, constructive eviction, etc. defined). The only drawback is you expect it to be in alphabetical order since it is a dictionary, so sometimes you have to go on a treasure hunt to find the word you need to define.
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is actually a review of the Ninth Edition. While this dictionary is comprehensive and very useful, the quality of the typesetting, printing, and binding leave much to be desired for so weighty a tome. I was hoping I'd never have to buy another one of these, but I might have to contact an antiquarian bookseller for a proper version.
Lance Cooper
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FWIW, the book photo and publication information listed by GR are not correct. The seventh edition was published in 1999 by West Group. Henry Campbell Black had been dead a looong time before this edition appeared.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid reference.
Jun 22, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A must have!!!
Tammy Daniels
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Precise excellent reference tool but the binding of the heavy book leaves a lot to be desired considering the cost
Kathryn Michaels
Apr 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
i should use this more.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Particularly good is the appendix of legal maxims. Est quiddam perfectius in rebus licitus.
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-some-of-it
Best of the best for legal definitions.
Dec 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: gift, law-legal

*I believe I have this book packed with other law books that Dad sent in 2004, and other books thereafter...some just this week (2013).
Kathy Moody
reference book
Hédi Orvos
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-1
My BIBLE!!!!!
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Life saver!
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Riveting. I couldn't put it down.
Diane Scannell
A must have on every serious genealogist's book shelf.
Annissa Fitriani
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and absolutely perfect reference for Law Students and Practitioners
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