Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( H )

habitable Fit to be dwelt in.

habitant Dweller.

habitual According to usual practice.

habitude Customary relation or association.

hackney To make stale or trite by repetition.

haggard Worn and gaunt in appearance.

halcyon Calm.

hale Of sound and vigorous health.

handwriting Penmanship.

hanger-on A parasite.

happy-go-lucky Improvident.

harangue A tirade.

harass To trouble with importunities, cares, or annoyances.

harbinger One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing.

hard-hearted Lacking pity or sympathy.

hardihood Foolish daring.

harmonious Concordant in sound.

havoc Devastation.

hawthorn A thorny shrub much used in England for hedges.

hazard Risk.

head first Precipitately, as in diving.

head foremost Precipitately, as in diving.

heartrending Very depressing.

heathenish Irreligious.

heedless Thoughtless.

heifer A young cow.

heinous Odiously sinful.

hemorrhage Discharge of blood from a ruptured or wounded blood-vessel.

hemorrhoids pl. Tumors composed of enlarged and thickened blood-vessels, at the lower end of the rectum.

henchman A servile assistant and subordinate.

henpeck To worry or harass by ill temper and petty annoyances.

heptagon A figure having seven sides and seven angles.

heptarchy A group of seven governments.

herbaceous Having the character of a herb.

herbarium A collection of dried plants scientifically arranged for study.

herbivorous Feeding on herbs or other vegetable matter, as animals.

hereditary Passing naturally from parent to child.

heredity Transmission of physical or mental qualities, diseases, etc., from parent to offspring.

heresy An opinion or doctrine subversive of settled beliefs or accepted principles.

heretic One who holds opinions contrary to the recognized standards or tenets of any philosophy.

heritage Birthright.

hernia Protrusion of any internal organ in whole or in part from its normal position.

hesitancy A pausing to consider.

hesitant Vacillating.

hesitation Vacillation.

heterodox At variance with any commonly accepted doctrine or opinion.

heterogeneity Unlikeness of constituent parts.

heterogeneous Consisting of dissimilar elements or ingredients of different kinds.

heteromorphic Deviating from the normal form or standard type.

hexangular Having six angles.

hexapod Having six feet.

hexagon A figure with six angles.

hiatus A break or vacancy where something necessary to supply the connection is wanting.

hibernal Pertaining to winter.

Hibernian Pertaining to Ireland, or its people.

hideous Appalling.

hilarious Boisterously merry.

hillock A small hill or mound.

hinder To obstruct.

hindmost Farthest from the front.

hindrance An obstacle.

hirsute Having a hairy covering.

hoard To gather and store away for the sake of accumulation.

hoarse Having the voice harsh or rough, as from a cold or fatigue.

homage Reverential regard or worship.

homogeneity Congruity of the members or elements or parts.

homogeneous Made up of similar parts or elements.

homologous Identical in nature, make-up, or relation.

homonym A word agreeing in sound with but different in meaning from another.

homophone A word agreeing in sound with but different in meaning from another.

honorarium A token fee or payment to a professional man for services.

hoodwink To deceive.

horde A gathered multitude of human beings.

hosiery A stocking.

hospitable Disposed to treat strangers or guests with generous kindness.

hospitality The practice of receiving and entertaining strangers and guests with kindness.

hostility Enmity.

huckster One who retails small wares.

humane Compassionate.

humanitarian A philanthropist.

humanize To make gentle or refined.

humbug Anything intended or calculated to deceive or mislead.

humiliate To put to shame.

hussar A light-horse trooper armed with saber and carbine.

hustle To move with haste and promptness.

hybrid Cross-bred.

hydra The seven- or nine-headed water-serpent slain by Hercules.

hydraulic Involving the moving of water, of the force exerted by water in motion.

hydrodynamics The branch of mechanics that treats of the dynamics of fluids.

hydroelectric Pertaining to electricity developed water or steam.

hydromechanics The mechanics of fluids.

hydrometer An instrument for determining the density of solids and liquids by flotation.

hydrostatics The branch of science that treats of the pressure and equilibrium of fluids.

hydrous Watery.

hygiene The branch of medical science that relates to improving health.

hypercritical Faultfinding.

hypnosis An artificial trance-sleep.

hypnotic Tending to produce sleep.

hypnotism An artificially induced somnambulistic state in which the mind readily acts on suggestion.

hypnotize To produce a somnambulistic state in which the mind readily acts on suggestions.

hypocrisy Extreme insincerity.

hypocrite One who makes false professions of his views or beliefs.

hypodermic Pertaining to the area under the skin.

hypotenuse The side of a right-angled triangle opposite the right angle.

hypothesis A proposition taken for granted as a premise from which to reach a conclusion.

hysteria A nervous affection occurring typically in paroxysms of laughing and crying


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