Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( R )

rabid Affected with rabies or hydrophobia.

racy Exciting or exhilarating to the mind.

radiance Brilliant or sparkling luster.

radiate To extend in all directions, as from a source or focus.

radical One who holds extreme views or advocates extreme measures.

radix That from or on which something is developed.

raillery Good-humored satire.

ramify To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.

ramose Branch-like.

rampant Growing, climbing, or running without check or restraint.

rampart A bulwark or construction to oppose assault or hostile entry.

rancor Malice.

rankle To produce irritation or festering.

rapacious Disposed to seize by violence or by unlawful or greedy methods.

rapid Having great speed.

rapine The act of seizing and carrying off property by superior force, as in war.

rapt Enraptured.

raptorial Seizing and devouring living prey.

ration To provide with a fixed allowance or portion, especially of food.

rationalism The formation of opinions by relying upon reason alone, independently of authority.

raucous Harsh.

ravage To lay waste by pillage, rapine, devouring, or other destructive methods.

ravenous Furiously voracious or hungry.

ravine A deep gorge or hollow, especially one worn by a stream or flow of water.

reaction Tendency towards a former, or opposite state of things, as after reform, revolution, or inflation.

reactionary Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction.

readily Without objection or reluctance.

readjust To put in order after disarrangement.

ready In a state of preparedness for any given purpose or occasion.

realism The principle and practice of depicting persons and scenes as they are believed really to exist.

rearrange To arrange again or in a different order.

reassure To give new confidence.

rebellious Insubordinate.

rebuff A peremptory or unexpected rejection of advances or approaches.

rebuild To build again or anew.

rebut To oppose by argument or a sufficient answer.

recant To withdraw formally one’s belief (in something previously believed or maintained).

recapitulate To repeat again the principal points of.

recapture To capture again.

recede To move back or away.

receivable Capable of being or fit to be received – often money.

receptive Having the capacity, quality, or ability of receiving, as truths or impressions.

recessive Having a tendency to go back.

recidivist A confirmed criminal.

reciprocal Mutually interchangeable or convertible.

reciprocate To give and take mutually.

reciprocity Equal mutual rights and benefits granted and enjoyed.

recitation The act of reciting or repeating, especially in public and from memory.

reck To have a care or thought for.

reckless Foolishly headless of danger.

reclaim To demand or to obtain the return or restoration of.

recline To cause to assume a leaning or recumbent attitude or position.

recluse One who lives in retirement or seclusion.

reclusory A hermitage.

recognizance An acknowledgment entered into before a court with condition to do some particular act.

recognize To recall the identity of (a person or thing).

recoil To start back as in dismay, loathing, or dread.

recollect To recall the knowledge of.

reconcilable Capable of being adjusted or harmonized.

reconnoiter To make a preliminary examination of for military, surveying, or geological purposes.

reconsider To review with care, especially with a view to a reversal of previous action.

reconstruct To rebuild.

recourse Resort to or application for help in exigency or trouble.

recover To regain.

recreant A cowardly or faithless person.

recreate To refresh after labor.

recrudescence The state of becoming raw or sore again.

recrudescent Becoming raw or sore again.

recruit To enlist men for military or naval service.

rectify To correct.

rectitude The quality of being upright in principles and conduct.

recuperate To recover.

recur To happen again or repeatedly, especially at regular intervals.

recure To cure again.

recurrent Returning from time to time, especially at regular or stated intervals.

redemption The recovery of what is mortgaged or pledged, by paying the debt.

redolent Smelling sweet and agreeable.

redolence Smelling sweet and agreeable.

redoubtable Formidable.

redound Rebound.

redress To set right, as a wrong by compensation or the punishment of the wrong-doer.

reducible That may be reduced.

redundance Excess.

redundant Constituting an excess.

reestablish To restore.

refer To direct or send for information or other purpose.

referrer One who refers.

referable Ascribable.

referee An umpire.

refinery A place where some crude material, as sugar or petroleum, is purified.

reflectible Capable of being turned back.

reflection The throwing off or back of light, heat, sound, or any form of energy that travels in waves.

reflector A mirror, as of metal, for reflecting light, heat, or sound in a particular direction.

reflexible Capable of being reflected.

reform Change for the better.

reformer One who carries out a reform.

refract To bend or turn from a direct course.

refractory Not amenable to control.

refragable Capable of being refuted.

refringency Power to refract.

refringent Having the power to refract.

refusal Denial of what is asked.

refute To prove to be wrong.

regale To give unusual pleasure.

regalia pl. The emblems of royalty.

regality Royalty.

regenerate To reproduce.

regent One who is lawfully deputized to administer the government for the time being in the name of the ruler.

regicide The killing of a king or sovereign.

regime Particular conduct or administration of affairs.

regimen A systematized order or course of living with reference to food, clothing and personal habits.

regiment A body of soldiers.

regnant Exercising royal authority in one’s own right.

regress To return to a former place or condition.

regretful Feeling, expressive of, or full of regret.

rehabilitate To restore to a former status, capacity, right rank, or privilege.

reign To hold and exercise sovereign power.

reimburse To pay back as an equivalent of what has been expended.

rein A step attached to the bit for controlling a horse or other draft-animal.

reinstate To restore to a former state, station, or authority.

reiterate To say or do again and again.

rejoin To reunite after separation.

rejuvenate To restore to youth.

rejuvenescence A renewal of youth.

relapse To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.

relegate To send off or consign, as to an obscure position or remote destination.

relent To yield.

relevant Bearing upon the matter in hand.

reliance Dependence.

reliant Having confidence.

relinquish To give up using or having.

reliquary A casket, coffer, or repository in which relics are kept.

relish To like the taste or savor of.

reluctance Unwillingness.

reluctant Unwilling.

remembrance Recollection.

reminiscence The calling to mind of incidents within the range of personal knowledge or experience.

reminiscent Pertaining to the recollection of matters of personal interest.

remiss Negligent.

remission Temporary diminution of a disease.

remodel Reconstruct.

remonstrance Reproof.

remonstrant Having the character of a reproof.

remonstrate To present a verbal or written protest to those who have power to right or prevent a wrong.

remunerate To pay or pay for.

remuneration Compensation.

Renaissance The revival of letters, and then of art, which marks the transition from medieval to modern time.

rendezvous A prearranged place of meeting.

rendition Interpretation.

renovate To restore after deterioration, as a building.

renunciation An explicit disclaimer of a right or privilege.

reorganize To change to a more satisfactory form of organization.

reparable Capable of repair.

reparation The act of making amends, as for an injury, loss, or wrong.

repartee A ready, witty, or apt reply.

repeal To render of no further effect.

repel To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally.

repellent Having power to force back in a manner, physically or mentally.

repentance Sorrow for something done or left undone, with desire to make things right by undoing the wrong.

repertory A place where things are stored or gathered together.

repetition The act of repeating.

repine To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.

replenish To fill again, as something that has been emptied.

replete Full to the uttermost.

replica A duplicate executed by the artist himself, and regarded, equally with the first, as an original.

repository A place in which goods are stored.

reprehend To find fault with.

reprehensible Censurable.

reprehension Expression of blame.

repress To keep under restraint or control.

repressible Able to be kept under restraint or control.

reprieve To grant a respite from punishment to.

reprimand To chide or rebuke for a fault.

reprisal Any infliction or act by way of retaliation on an enemy.

reprobate One abandoned to depravity and sin.

reproduce To make a copy of.

reproduction The process by which an animal or plant gives rise to another of its kind.

reproof An expression of disapproval or blame personally addressed to one censured.

repudiate To refuse to have anything to do with.

repugnance Thorough dislike.

repugnant Offensive to taste and feeling.

repulse The act of beating or driving back, as an attacking or advancing enemy.

repulsive Grossly offensive.

repute To hold in general opinion.

requiem A solemn mass sung for the repose of the souls of the dead.

requisite Necessary.

requital Adequate return for good or ill.

requite To repay either good or evil to, as to a person.

rescind To make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or a superior authority.

reseat To place in position of office again.

resemblance Similarity in quality or form.

resent To be indignant at, as an injury or insult.

reservoir A receptacle where a quantity of some material, especially of a liquid or gas, may be kept.

residue A remainder or surplus after a part has been separated or otherwise treated. r

esilience The power of springing back to a former position

resilient Having the quality of springing back to a former position.

resistance The exertion of opposite effort or effect.

resistant Offering or tending to produce resistance.

resistive Having or exercising the power of resistance.

resistless Powerless.

resonance The quality of being able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.

resonance Able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.

resonate To have or produce resonance.

resource That which is restored to, relied upon, or made available for aid or support.

respite Interval of rest.

resplendent Very bright.

respondent Answering.

restitution Restoration of anything to the one to whom it properly belongs.

resumption The act of taking back, or taking again.

resurgent Surging back or again.

resurrection A return from death to life

resuscitate To restore from apparent death.

retaliate To repay evil with a similar evil.

retch To make an effort to vomit.

retention The keeping of a thing within one’spower or possession.

reticence The quality of habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.

reticent Habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.

retinue The body of persons who attend a person of importance in travel or public appearance.

retort A retaliatory speech.

retouch To modify the details of.

retrace To follow backward or toward the place of beginning, as a track or marking.

retract To recall or take back (something that one has said).

retrench To cut down or reduce in extent or quantity.

retrieve To recover something by searching.

retroactive Operative on, affecting, or having reference to past events, transactions, responsibilities.

retrograde To cause to deteriorate or to move backward.

retrogression A going or moving backward or in a reverse direction.

retrospect A view or contemplation of something past.

retrospective Looking back on the past.

reunite To unite or join again, as after separation.

revelation A disclosing, discovering, or making known of what was before secret, private, or unknown.

revere To regard with worshipful veneration.

reverent Humble.

reversion A return to or toward some former state or condition.

revert To return, or turn or look back, as toward a former position or the like.

revile To heap approach or abuse upon.

revisal Revision.

revise To examine for the correction of errors, or for the purpose of making changes.

revocation Repeal.

revoke To rescind.

rhapsody Rapt or rapturous utterance.

rhetoric The art of discourse.

rhetorician A showy writer or speaker.

ribald Indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity.

riddance The act or ridding or delivering from something undesirable.

ridicule Looks or acts expressing amused contempt.

ridiculous Laughable and contemptible.

rife Abundant.

righteousness Rectitude.

rightful Conformed to a just claim according to established laws or usage.

rigmarole Nonsense.

rigor Inflexibility.

rigorous Uncompromising.

ripplet A small ripple, as of water.

risible capable of exciting laughter.

rivulet A small stream or brook.

robust Characterized by great strength or power of endurance.

rondo A musical composition during which the first part or subject is repeated several times.

rookery A place where crows congregate to breed.

rotary Turning around its axis, like a wheel, or so constructed as to turn thus.

rotate To cause to turn on or as on its axis, as a wheel.

rote Repetition of words or sounds as a means of learning them, with slight attention.

rotund Round from fullness or plumpness.

rudimentary Being in an initial, early, or incomplete stage of development.

rue To regret extremely.

ruffian A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.

ruminant Chewing the cud.

ruminate To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.

rupture To separate the parts of by violence.

rustic Characteristic of dwelling in the country.

ruth Sorrow for another’s misery.


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