Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th Edition

August 14, 2019 - Comment

For nearly 130 years, Black’s Law Dictionary has been the gold standard for the language of the law. The greatly expanded 11th edition, with new material on every page, is at once the most practical, comprehensive, scholarly, and authoritative law dictionary ever published. With clarity and rigor, it defines more than 55,000 law-related words and

For nearly 130 years, Black’s Law Dictionary has been the gold standard for the language of the law.

The greatly expanded 11th edition, with new material on every page, is at once the most practical, comprehensive, scholarly, and authoritative law dictionary ever published. With clarity and rigor, it defines more than 55,000 law-related words and phrases, recording their historical and present-day nuances. This edition introduces 3,500 new terms, including accountability, anticipatory self-defense, cyber force, Islamic law, Jewish law, legal moralism, legal reasoning, moral equality, peacekeeping, remotely piloted warfare, right to rebel, and umbrella clause.

More than 900 Latin maxims have been added, newly translated, and carefully indexed for this edition, making Black’s Law Dictionary the most thorough and reliable source for these essential and often elusive items.

Headwords are given their dates of earliest known use in English-language sources, giving dictionary users a greater sense of historical context. Black’s Law Dictionary is the only legal dictionary to provide such data.

The extensive bibliography lists the more than 1,000 classics of legal literature that are briefly quoted throughout the dictionary to amplify the user’s understanding of legal terminology. Each of the more than 6,000 quotations locates a critical and otherwise hard-to-find explanation of the terms under discussion.

Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner, the world’s leading legal lexicographer, has assembled an unmatched roster of academic and practicing contributors who have vetted every term for accuracy. Never has such a distinguished lineup of legal talent been arrayed in support of a legal reference work.

If you’re using an edition that was current when you were in law school, you’re out of date. If you think a dictionary is useful mainly as a doorstop, you haven’t browsed the pages of this 11th edition. Once you do, you’ll find it hard to put down. Within moments, you’ll probably find something you want to cite.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Illuminating but…? I’ve never before owned Black’s Dictionary and have no formal legal background. For my work, I fine entities and individuals so I find the definitions in this dictionary to be interesting and nuanced — very useful! However, I am surprised that this fine tome does not define the word “operate” or the word “operation” (p. 1315). Perhaps I’m not using the dictionary correctly or perhaps these terms were intentionally left out for some reason, but they do seem like important terms. To that…

Anonymous says:

Used it the first day I had it, and many times since I’m a relatively new attorney who’d previously got along using Westlaw’s access to the digital edition of Black’s.I’m very happy I upgraded to the desk copy. I used it the first day I had it. I’ve used it many times since. Some words I’ll come across in passing while reading caselaw or documents and want a definition for my own edification (rather than instances requiring I invest billable time in researching the term). Having this at the ready is a far better option than having to…

Anonymous says:

Very expensive, but a must have. The definitive law dictionary in the United States.

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