Burton's Legal Thesaurus, Fourth Edition

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2007 - Law - 1063 pages

8,000 legal terms, synonyms, definitions, and parts of speech - now fully updated and revised

"Prepared by lawyers, comprehensive, up-to-date, easy to use."
-American Bar Association Journal

After twenty-five years as the standard-bearer of legal terminology, Burton's Legal Thesaurus continues to be an essential reference tool. In law, precision and accuracy is vital. This fourth edition contains more entries than ever before, including cutting-edge terms unique to today's legal profession. This new edition is an indispensable reference source for:

  • Partners, Associates, Attorneys and judges, who will appreciate the timeliness of the 1,000-plus new entries
  • Law school students seeking to use a more specific word or recall a word forgotten
  • Journalists and scholars looking for the right word to fit the thought


"A tool to strengthen the lawyer's vocabulary and improve the precision of legal writing."
-Maryland Bar Journal

"Given the popularity of plain language laws, the Legal Thesaurus could be just the book to own."
-United States Law Week

"The legal profession should find this volume valuable in using the exact word to convey the meaning intended."
-New York State Bar Journal

"It is through the use of such a tool as the Legal Thesaurus that one may find the precise term to fit the nuances of a particular situation."
-William O. Douglas Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1975

From inside the book

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

William C. Burton is the creator of The Legal Thesaurus, which was recognized by the Association of American Publishers as one of the most innovative projects of the year at its 1980 debut. He is a partner in the nationally recognized law firm of D'Amato and Lynch, New York, New York. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and as Assistant to the New York Special Prosecutor. Burton is the creator of the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, which he has instituted in Washington D.C. in cooperation with the Vice President's office. Through the awards program, Mr. Burton hopes to continue to encourage the refinement and enrichment of legal writing.

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