I have become so accustomed to the legal language that I find it amusing when my sister (a law school professor) and I have a discussion and rattle off terms quickly. My wife sometimes finds our terminology confusing. [Legal disclaimer: she is a very intelligent professional but not a lawyer.] It’s easy to forget that some words are not used on a regular basis outside of the law. One of them is “preponderance.” It is used to describe the proof given to a trial court. In civil cases it means you have convinced the court that you are at least 51% right. Here is a good explanation.
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