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term

Legal Definition of term

Noun

  1. A specified period of time
  2. The whole period for which an estate is granted
  3. The period in which the powers of a court may be validly exercised
  4. "session"
  5. A word, phrase, or provision of import esp. in determining the nature and scope of an agreement (usually used in pl.)

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Definition of term

Etymology

    From Middle English terme, from Old French terme, from Latin terminus (“a bound, boundary, limit, end, in Medieval Latin also a time, period, word, covenant, etc.”).

Pronunciation

  • (RP) enPR: tûrm, IPA: /tɜːm/, SAMPA: /t3:m/
  • (US) enPR: tûrm, IPA: /tɝm/, SAMPA: /t3`m/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)m
  • Audio (US) [?]

Noun

term (plural terms)

  1. limitation, restriction or regulation.

    terms and conditions

  2. word or phrase, especially one from a specialised area of knowledge.
  3. Relations among people.

    We are on friendly terms with each other.

  4. part of a year, especially one of the three parts of an academic year.
  5. duration of a set length; period in office of fixed length.

    He was sentenced to a term of six years in prison.
    near-term, mid-term and long-term goals


  6. (of a patent) the maximum period during which the patent can be maintained into force

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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