Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( F )

facet One of the small triangular plane surfaces of a diamond or other gem.

facetious Amusing.

facial Pertaining to the face.

facile Not difficult to do.

facilitate To make more easy.

facility Ease.

facsimile An exact copy or reproduction.

faction A number of persons combined for a common purpose.

factious Turbulent.

fallacious Illogical.

fallacy Any unsound or delusive mode of reasoning, or anything based on such reasoning.

fallible Capable of erring.

fallow Land broken up and left to become mellow or to rest.

famish To suffer extremity of hunger or thirst.

fanatic A religious zealot.

fancier One having a taste for or interest in special objects.

fanciless Unimaginative.

fastidious Hard to please.

fathom A measure of length, 6 feet.

fatuous Idiotic

faulty Imperfect.

faun One of a class of deities of the woods and herds represented as half human, with goats feet.

fawn A young deer.

fealty Loyalty.

feasible That may be done, performed, or effected; practicable.

federate To league together.

feint Any sham, pretense, or deceptive movement.

felicitate To wish joy or happiness to, especially in view of a coming event.

felicity A state of well-founded happiness.

felon A criminal or depraved person.

felonious Showing criminal or evil purpose.

felony One of the highest class of offenses, and punishable with death or imprisonment.

feminine Characteristic of woman or womankind.

fernery A place in which ferns are grown.

ferocious Of a wild, fierce, and savage nature.

ferocity Savageness.

fervent Ardent in feeling.

fervid Intense.

fervor Ardor or intensity of feeling.

festal Joyous.

festive Merry.

fete A festival or feast.

fetus The young in the womb or in the egg.

feudal Pertaining to the relation of lord and vassal.

feudalism The feudal system.

fez A brimless felt cap in the shape of a truncated cone, usually red with a black tassel.

fiasco A complete or humiliating failure.

fickle Unduly changeable in feeling, judgment, or purpose.

fictitious Created or formed by the imagination.

fidelity Loyalty.

fiducial Indicative of faith or trust.

fief A landed estate held under feudal tenure.

filibuster One who attempts to obstruct legislation.

finale Concluding performance.

finality The state or quality of being final or complete.

finally At last.

financial Monetary.

financier One skilled in or occupied with financial affairs or operations.

finery That which is used to decorate the person or dress.

finesse Subtle contrivance used to gain a point.

finite Limited.

fiscal Pertaining to the treasury or public finances of a government.

fishmonger One who sells fish.

fissure A crack or crack-like depression.

fitful Spasmodic.

fixture One who or that which is expected to remain permanently in its position.

flag-officer –  The captain of a flag-ship.

flagrant Openly scandalous.

flamboyant Characterized by extravagance and in general by want of good taste.

flatulence Accumulation of gas in the stomach and bowels.

flection The act of bending.

fledgling A young bird.

flexible Pliable.

flimsy Thin and weak.

flippant Having a light, pert, trifling disposition.

floe A collection of tabular masses of floating polar ice.

flora The aggregate of plants growing without cultivation in a district.

floral Pertaining to flowers.

florid Flushed with red.

florist A dealer in flowers.

fluctuate To pass backward and forward irregularly from one state or degree to another.

fluctuation Frequent irregular change back and forth from one state or degree to another.

flue A smoke-duct in a chimney.

fluent Having a ready or easy flow of words or ideas.

fluential Pertaining to streams.

flux A state of constant movement, change, or renewal.

foggy Obscure.

foible A personal weakness or failing.

foist To palm off.

foliage Any growth of leaves.

folio A sheet of paper folded once, or of a size adapted to folding once.

folklore The traditions, beliefs, and customs of the common people.

fondle To handle tenderly and lovingly.

foolery Folly.

foot-note A note of explanation or comment at the foot of a page or column.

foppery Dandyism.

foppish Characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners.

forbearance Patient endurance or toleration of offenses.

forby Besides.

forcible Violent.

forecourt A court opening directly from the street.

forejudge To judge of before hearing evidence.

forepeak The extreme forward part of a ship’s hold, under the lowest deck.

foreshore That part of a shore uncovered at low tide.

forebode To be an omen or warning sign of, especially of evil.

forecast To predict.

forecastle That part of the upper deck of a ship forward of the after fore-shrouds.

foreclose To bar by judicial proceedings the equitable right of a mortgagor to redeem property.

forefather An ancestor.

forego To deny oneself the pleasure or profit of.

foreground That part of a landscape or picture situated or represented as nearest the spectator.

forehead The upper part of the face, between the eyes and the hair.

foreign Belonging to, situated in, or derived from another country.

foreigner A citizen of a foreign country.

foreknowledge Prescience.

foreman The head man.

foreordain To predetermine.

foreordination Predestination.

forerun To go before as introducing or ushering in.

foresail A square sail.

foresee To discern beforehand.

foresight Provision against harm or need.

foretell To predict.

forethought Premeditation.

forfeit To lose possession of through failure to fulfill some obligation.

forfend To ward off.

forgery Counterfeiting.

forgo To deny oneself.

formation Relative disposition of parts.

formidable Difficult to accomplish.

formula Fixed rule or set form.

forswear To renounce upon oath.

forte A strong point.

forth Into notice or view.

forthright With directness.

fortify To provide with defensive works.

fortitude Patient courage.

foursome Consisting of four.

fracture A break.

fragile Easily broken.

frailty Liability to be broken or destroyed.

fragile Capable of being broken.

frankincense A gum or resin which on burning yields aromatic fumes.

frantic Frenzied.

fraternal Brotherly.

fraudulence Deceitfulness.

fraudulent Counterfeit.

fray To fret at the edge so as to loosen or break the threads.

freemason A member of an ancient secret fraternity originally confined to skilled artisans.

freethinker One who rejects authority or inspiration in religion.

free trade Commerce unrestricted by tariff or customs.

frequency The comparative number of any kind of occurrences within a given time or space.

fresco The art of painting on a surface of plaster, particularly on walls and ceilings.

freshness The state, quality, or degree of being fresh.

fretful Disposed to peevishness.

frightful Apt to induce terror or alarm.

frigid Lacking warmth.

frigidarium A room kept at a low temperature for preserving fruits, meat, etc.

frivolity A trifling act, thought, saying, or practice.

frivolous Trivial.

frizz To give a crinkled, fluffy appearance to.

frizzle To cause to crinkle or curl, as the hair.

frolicsome Prankish.

frontier The part of a nation’s territory that abuts upon another country.

frowzy Slovenly in appearance.

frugal Economical.

fruition Fulfillment.

fugacious Fleeting.

fulcrum The support on or against which a lever rests, or the point about which it turns.

fulminate To cause to explode.

fulsome Offensive from excess of praise or commendation.

fumigate To subject to the action of smoke or fumes, especially for disinfection.

functionary An official.

fundamental Basal.

fungible That may be measured, counted, or weighed.

fungous Spongy.

fungus A plant destitute of chlorophyll, as a mushroom.

furbish To restore brightness or beauty to.

furlong A measure, one-eighth of a mile.

furlough A temporary absence of a soldier or sailor by permission of the commanding officer.

furrier A dealer in or maker of fur goods.

further More distant or advanced.

furtherance Advancement.

furtive Stealthy or sly, like the actions of a thief.

fuse To unite or blend as by melting together.

fusible Capable of being melted by heat.

futile Of no avail or effect.

futurist A person of expectant temperament.

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