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Free Plain-English Law Dictionary iPhone App Released

Nolo, a publisher of do-it-yourself legal books and software, has created a free dictionary app for the iPhone with plain-English definitions of nearly 4,000 legal terms.

The app is based on Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary, which was first published in May and is available both in print and as an eBook.

“You’ll find both the legal standards—Latin terms, courtroom jargon, contract basics—and newly minted terms that reflect the ever changing language of the law today,” according to a press release announcing the app. “What does it mean to get ‘dooced’? Do you need that ‘pre-dup’? Had a run-in with a ‘patent troll’ lately?

Among the app’s features: Users have the ability to suggest words to add to the dictionary, and there is also a searchable directory of lawyers.

Black’s Law Dictionary—which defines 43,000 terms and perhaps has a different target audience than Nolo’s dictionary—became available on iTunes in April. That app, however, will set you back about $50.

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