Dictionaries and Words & Phrases

Resources that are freely available (websites members of the public can use) are marked with an asterisk (*).


If you need to know the meaning of a legal word, use a legal dictionary. Legal dictionaries are available online and in print:

Words & Phrases

Words and phrases differ from dictionaries, as they show what the courts have said about a particular term. A words and phrases source will show how courts in different jurisdictions (federal, provincial, international) have defined this term. Online words and phrases include links to these cases so you can see the definition in context.