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Definition of recital



recital (plural recitals)

  1. The act of reciting; the repetition of the words of another, or of a document; rehearsal; as, the recital of testimony.
  2. A telling in detail and due order of the particulars of anything, as of a law, an adventure, or a series of events; narration.
  3. That which is recited; a story; a narration.
  4. A vocal or instrumental performance by one person; -- distinguished from concert; as, a song recital; an organ, piano, or violin recital.
  5. The formal statement, or setting forth, of some matter of fact in any deed or writing in order to explain the reasons on which the transaction is founded; the statement of matter in pleading introductory to some positive allegation.

Further reading

In law, a recital (from the Latin word recitare, meaning: to read out)[1] consists of an account or repetition of the details of some act, proceeding or fact. Particularly, in law, that part of a legal document - such as a lease, which contains a statement of certain facts - which contains the purport for which the deed is made.[2]

In E.U. law, a recital is a text that sets out reasons for the provisions of an act, while avoiding normative language and political argumentation.[3]

  1. "Recite". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth ed.). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 2008.
  2. "Recital". A law dictionary : adapted to the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and of the several states of the American union, with references to the civil and other systems of foreign law. Vol. II (Fifteenth ed.). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott. 1883. pp. 517-518.
  3. "Recitals". The European Union. Retrieved 2011-05-09.


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1.     lex fori
2.     landed property
3.     lex situs
4.     respondent
5.     default judgment
6.     tort law
7.     living will
8.     lex causae
9.     law
10.     salacious