boilerplate
boil·er·plate /'bȯi-lər-ˌplāt/ n: standardized text in documents (as contracts)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

boilerplate
n.
Standardized text used in legal documents; text always written identically in the same kind of document.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


boilerplate
(USA) a form or document with blanks that can be used as a template, precedent or style.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


boilerplate
Slang for standard provisions in a contract, form, or legal pleading that are routine and often preprinted. Boilerplate provisions are meant to be used in many contracts, but some may not apply to every situation.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

boilerplate
A term applied to provisions, often of a standard nature, and common to most documents which do not relate to the substantive parts of the contract but are necessary to make it work and regulate the operation of the contract. Example clauses would include definitions, commencement and termination, service of notices, disputes and conflicts of law.
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USA
A term referring to standard contract provisions which are common to most agreements and usually located in the "Miscellaneous" section. These provisions are non-controversial and do not relate to the substantive parts of the agreement, but are necessary for the effective enforcement of each party's rights thereunder. Example clauses would include interpretation, amendments, notices, governing law, waiver of jury trial, entire agreement, headings and counterparts.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


boilerplate
n. Any standardized language or working that is almost always found in certain legal documents such as contracts and deeds. The terms are often in fine print and typically deal with matters that are either non-controversial or non-negotiable.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


boilerplate
A description of uniform language used normally in legal documents that has a definite, unvarying meaning in the same context that denotes that the words have not been individually fashioned to address the legal issue presented.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


boilerplate
A description of uniform language used normally in legal documents that has a definite, unvarying meaning in the same context that denotes that the words have not been individually fashioned to address the legal issue presented.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

boilerplate
n., adj. slang for provisions in a contract, form or legal pleading which are apparently routine and often preprinted. The term comes from an old method of printing. Today "boilerplate" is commonly stored in computer memory to be retrieved and copied when needed. A layperson should beware that the party supplying the boilerplate form usually has developed supposedly "standard" terms (some of which may not apply to every situation) to favor and/or protect the provider.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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