Thursday, July 11, 2013

The meaning of "Conclusory"

Kochan_DWhen I comment on student papers, I often use the word conclusory to refer to an unsupported conclusion. But I have noted that Microsoft Word’s spell checker does not recognize the word.

Now Professor Donald J. Kochan has written an analysis of conclusory, focusing on its history and use.  He notes that many dictionaries do not include the word and that its definition is elusive. After presenting extensive data about courts’ use of the word, especially concerning pleading standards in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, Kochan concludes that conclusory has become “even more difficult to define than ever.”

I'll keep using it, though. I'll just be sure to define it.


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