Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( L )

lacerate To tear rudely or raggedly.

lackadaisical Listless.

lactation The secretion of milk.

lacteal Milky.

lactic Pertaining to milk.

laddie A lad.

ladle A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, intended for dipping up and pouring liquids.

laggard Falling behind.

landholder Landowner.

landlord A man who owns and lets a tenement or tenements.

landmark A familiar object in the landscape serving as a guide to an area otherwise easily lost track of.

landscape A rural view, especially one of picturesque effect, as seen from a distance or an elevation.

languid Relaxed.

languor Lassitude of body or depression.

lapse A slight deviation from what is right, proper, or just.

lascivious Lustful.

lassie A little lass.

latent Dormant.

latency The state of being dormant.

later At a subsequent time.

lateral Directed toward the side.

latish Rather late.

lattice Openwork of metal or wood, formed by crossing or interlacing strips or bars.

laud To praise in words or song.

laudable Praiseworthy.

laudation High praise.

laudatory Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.

laundress Washerwoman.

laureate Crowned with laurel, as a mark of distinction.

lave To wash or bathe.

lawgiver A legislator.

lawmaker A legislator.

lax Not stringent or energetic.

laxative Having power to open or loosen the bowels.

lea A field.

leaflet A little leaf or a booklet.

leaven To make light by fermentation, as dough.

leeward That side or direction toward which the wind blows.

left-handed Using the left hand or arm more dexterously than the right.

legacy A bequest.

legalize To give the authority of law to.

legging A covering for the leg.

legible That may be read with ease.

legionary A member of an ancient Roman legion or of the modern French Legion of Honor.

legislate To make or enact a law or laws.

legislative That makes or enacts laws.

legislator A lawgiver.

legitimacy Accordance with law.

legitimate Having the sanction of law or established custom.

leisure Spare time.

leniency Forbearance.

lenient Not harsh.

leonine Like a lion.

lethargy Prolonged sluggishness of body or mind.

levee An embankment beside a river or stream or an arm of the sea, to prevent overflow.

lever That which exerts, or through which one may exert great power.

leviathan Any large animal, as a whale.

levity Frivolity.

levy To impose and collect by force or threat of force.

lewd Characterized by lust or lasciviousness.

lexicographer One who makes dictionaries.

lexicography The making of dictionaries.

lexicon A dictionary.

liable Justly or legally responsible.

libel Defamation.

liberalism Opposition to conservatism.

liberate To set free or release from bondage.

licentious Wanton.

licit Lawful.

liege Sovereign.

lien A legal claim or hold on property, as security for a debt or charge.

lieu Stead.

lifelike Realistic.

lifelong Lasting or continuous through life.

lifetime The time that life continues.

ligament That which binds objects together.

ligature Anything that constricts, or serves for binding or tying.

light-hearted Free from care.

ligneous Having the texture of appearance of wood.

likelihood A probability.

likely Plausible.

liking Fondness.

limitation A restriction.

linear Of the nature of a line.

liner A vessel belonging to a steamship-line.

lingo Language.

lingua The tongue.

lingual Pertaining to the use of the tongue in utterance.

linguist One who is acquainted with several languages.

linguistics The science of languages, or of the origin, history, and significance of words.

liniment A liquid preparation for rubbing on the skin in cases of bruises, inflammation, etc.

liquefacient Possessing a liquefying nature or power.

liquefy To convert into a liquid or into liquid form.

liqueur An alcoholic cordial sweetened and flavored with aromatic substances.

liquidate To deliver the amount or value of.

liquor Any alcoholic or intoxicating liquid.

listless Inattentive.

literacy The state or condition of knowing how to read and write.

literal Following the exact words.

literature The written or printed productions of the human mind collectively.

lithe Supple.

lithesome Nimble.

lithograph A print made by printing from stone.

lithotype In engraving, an etched stone surface for printing.

litigant A party to a lawsuit.

litigate To cause to become the subject-matter of a suit at law.

litigious Quarrelsome.

littoral Of, pertaining to, or living on a shore.

liturgy A ritual.

livelihood Means of subsistence.

livid Black-and-blue, as contused flesh.

loam A non-coherent mixture of sand and clay.

loath Averse.

loathe To abominate.

locative Indicating place, or the place where or wherein an action occurs.

loch A lake.

locomotion The act or power of moving from one place to another.

lode A somewhat continuous unstratified metal- bearing vein.

lodgment The act of furnishing with temporary quarters.

logic The science of correct thinking.

logical Capable of or characterized by clear reasoning.

logician An expert reasoner.

loiterer One who consumes time idly.

loneliness Solitude.

longevity Unusually prolonged life.

loot To plunder.

loquacious Talkative.

lordling A little lord.

lough A lake or loch.

louse A small insect parasitic on and sucking the blood of mammals.

lovable Amiable.

low-spirited Despondent.

lowly Rudely.

lucid Mentally sound.

lucrative Highly profitable.

ludicrous Laughable.

luminary One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.

luminescent Showing increase of light.

luminescence Showing increase.

luminosity The quality of giving or radiating light.

luminous Giving or radiating light.

lunacy Mental unsoundness.

lunar Pertaining to the moon.

lunatic An insane person.

lune The moon.

lurid Ghastly and sensational.

luscious Rich, sweet, and delicious.

lustrous Shining.

luxuriance Excessive or superfluous growth or quantity.

luxuriant Abundant or superabundant in growth.

luxuriate To live sumptuously.

lying Untruthfulness.

lyre One of the most ancient of stringed instruments of the harp class.

lyric Fitted for expression in song.

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