Burton's Legal Thesaurus, Fourth Edition

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2007 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 1063 pages
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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

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About the author (2007)

William C. Burton, Esq. is a partner in the international law firm of D'Amato & Lynch, and a former NY State Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Special Prosecutor. He is also founder of the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. This national program selects the finest legal writing by partners and associates in the top 1,000 largest law firms, and by law school students in the over 220 law schools across the nation. The first edition of his Legal Thesaurus was named one of the “Most Creative and Innovative Projects of the Year” from the Association of American Publishers.

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