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In formal legal writing, a signal indicating that the cited source clearly supports the preceding statement, even though an inference is required to draw the connection. If the statement repeats an idea directly from the source or quotes the source,...

See also

In formal legal writing, a signal indicating that the cited source provides additional support for the statement after primary supporting sources have already been cited. Thus, see also citations most appropriately follow sources that have been cited...

See generally

A signal indicating that the cited source contains helpful background material. In this way, a reader searching for an overview of the general topic under discussion can know a good place to look.

seriatim

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLatin for one after another, as in a series. For example, issues or facts might be discussed seriatim (or "ad seriatim"), meaning one by one in order.

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settle

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo resolve a lawsuit before going to trial.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

severance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) Separation of legal claims by court order to allow the claims to be tried separately. For example, a judge might sever the trials of two defendants accused of the same crime. 2) Money paid or benefits...

Shepard's Citations

In the legal field, Shepard's is a highly regarded citational index. It allows researchers to track particular judicial decisions, statutes, and other legal resources as they are invoked at different historical moments for a range of purposes. Shepard'...

Shepardize

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA method of locating the subsequent history of a case using a book or computerized version of Shepard's Citations. This process can locate a list of decisions which either follow, distinguish, or overrule...

Signal

A word or phrase briefly indicating the relevance of one or more cited sources. In formal legal writing, a signal often appears at the start of a citation sentence.

See Order of signals for an index of different signals and their definitions.

sine qua non

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLatin for "without which it could not be," an indispensable action or condition. Example: if Charlie had not left the keys in the ignition, his ten-year-old son could not have started the car and backed...

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