How Good Is Your Vocabulary As A Lawyer? Try This Quiz Now


“Paid to argue” these are the words that aptly describe the undertaking of every practicing lawyer today. It’s also an epithet that accurately captures the essence of legal advocacy as the cornerstone of legal practice. Almost always, the lawyer’s services are enlisted by the client in exchange for arguing their interests, be it in litigation or in drafting day-to-day agreements. It’s an onerous burden indeed and one that tasks both our thinking and oratory skills. More than that, it’s requires a masterful and intelligent use of language and vocabulary. To this end, vocabulary building is an imperative for any successful lawyer and an integral tool in today’s legal practice. As a lawyer, a smart use of words can make a lot of difference to your arguments. It thrills and arouses the interests of your listeners, convinces their reason and leaves so great an impression on them that they’re almost compelled to accept your line of argument. Additionally, it adds substances to your legal writing and boost your advocacy skills in every way. Without it, a lawyer could underwhelm in the fulfillment of their obligations to the client. I believe this was the inevitable scenario envisaged by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the logician and Austrian-British philosopher when he said “The limits of my language means the limits of my world”.

Likewise, a limited use of vocabulary in the lawyers undertaking would limit success in their legal careers. That’s something every lawyer wouldn’t want.

So in continuation of our last quiz on vocabulary building for lawyers, we’ll be having another quiz today. A little heads up: Unlike in the last edition, we’ve added a few Latin words in this one to spice it up. Ready? Alright, here we go.

(1) Ratiocination

Does this word mean:

(a) To reason (b) An absurdity (c) To estimate (d) A signatory

(2) Harangue;

Does this word mean:

(a) To admonish (b) To subdue (c) To discriminate (d) To harass

(3) Partisan

Does this word mean:

(a) Prejudiced (b) Antagonist (c) A bigot (d) An artist

(4) Pugnacious

Does this word mean:

(a) Quarrelsome, cantankerous (b) Deceitful, underhand (c) Filthy, unclean (d) Good-natured, amiable

(5)  Plausible

Does this word mean:

(a) Cogent, credible (b) Applaud, commend (c) Deafening, resounding (d) Inaccurate, misleading

(6) Curmudgeon

Does this word mean:

(a) Bad-tempered (b) Commotion (c) Bludgeon (d) Blatant

(7) Rambunctious

Does this word mean:

(a) Rowdy (b) Rampant (c) Superstitious (d) Ostentatious

(8) Intra vires

Does this word mean:

(a) Lawful (b) Arbitrary (c) Injurious (d) Internal

(9) Compos mentis

Does this word mean:

(a) Sane (b) Composed (c) Demented (d) Untruthful

(10) Ex parte

Does this word mean:

(a) One-sided, in absentia (b) Impact, influence (c) Expert, specialist (d) Former, erstwhile

(11) De novo

Does this word mean:

(a) Afresh, anew (b) Innovate, pioneer (c) Invalidate, nullify (d) Veto, dismiss

Answers are: 1(A), 2(A), 3(A), 4(A), 5(A), 6(A) 7(A), 8(A), 9(A), 10(A), 11(A).

Congrats if you got the all A’s .

Patrick Herbert is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Law Student Hub. He is an LL.B. Law graduate from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He’s a life enthusiast, a budding writer and internet entrepreneur. Patrick is deeply passionate about law and research and has inspired many with his thought-provoking articles. To get in touch, follow him on social media.

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