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Legal dictionaries & encyclopaedias


  • legal dictionaries define and explain legal terminology
  • provide statements of legal principle
  • information is arranged systematically, with case and legislation references
  • can be searched for by case or legislation references or by subject area
  • Official Dictionary Rule 1.9.1 AGLC4 page 28 - spelling should comply with the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary. Where a word is not included in the Macquarie Dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary should be used

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Use the activity below to practice finding information in the Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary.