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Stroud's Judicial Dictionary has for over 100 years been the starting point for research into the meaning of all words and phrases that come to be used in a legal context. Stroud records how any expression that occurs in a statute or other legal document has been construed by the courts or defined in legislation. It provides the ideal companion to Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law (which provides an authoritative definition of technical legal concepts).
Stroud is regularly cited to and by the courts when determining ranges of meaning given to different terms in legal contexts: from standard terms like "building", "conduct", "damage" and "repair", where the reader always needs to keep up with cross-contextual development of usage, through to niche terms where the reader might not guess that they have received judicial or legislative attention, such as "cheating", "cuckooing", "exoneration", "febrile fit", "liquidity", "roofing works", "sham marriage" and "tampering". The Tenth Edition adds terms helpfully defined for the first time or in a new way, such as "cloud computing service", "computerised model", "energy crop", "laser", and "screening opinion". At the same time it updates all the standard entries.