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Boilerplate is a colloquial term used to describe stock language in a legal document that appears in all instruments of that type; general, standardized language in a legal instrument. A boilerplate clause is interpreted and construed against the interests of the party offering the clause, absent evidence that the parties negotiated the terms of the clause.

Boilerplate language is common in contracts.

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]