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Definition of Memorandum

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reminder, note, memo
Memorandum Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
A note of; a thing to be remembered
Memorandum Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help the memory.
A brief or informal note in writing of some transaction, or an outline of an intended instrument; an instrument drawn up in a brief and compendious form.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\mem`o*ran"dum\ (?), n.; pl. e. memorandums, l. memoranda (#). [l., something to be remembered, neut. of memorandus, fut. pass. p. of memorare. see memorable.]
1. a record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help the memory. i entered a memorandum in my pocketbook. i wish you would, as opportunity offers, make memorandums of the regulations of the academies. reynolds.
2. (law) a brief or informal note in writing of some transaction, or an outline of an intended instrument; an instrument drawn up in a brief and compendious form.
check, a check given as an acknowledgment of indebtedness, but with the understanding that it will not be presented at bank unless the maker fails to take it up on the day the debt becomes due. it usually has mem. written on its face.
n : a written proposal or reminder [syn: memo, memoranda]

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 memorandum check 
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Coflyfr = n. a memorandum book
Cofnod = n. a memorandum
WordNet 2.0

1. a written proposal or reminder
(synonym) memo, memoranda
(hypernym) note
(hyponym) aide-memoire, position paper
Memorandum Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream that you make memoranda, denotes that you will engage in an unprofitable business, and much worry will result for you.

To see others making a memorandum, signifies that some person will worry you with appeals for aid.

To lose your memorandum, you will experience a slight loss in trade.

To find a memorandum, you will assume new duties that will cause much pleasure to others.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Memorandum Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A memorandum (abbrev.: memo) was from the Latin verbal phrase memorandum est, the gerundive form of the verb memoro, "to mention, call to mind, recount, relate", which means "It must be remembered (that)...". It is therefore a note, document or other communication that helps the memory by recording events or observations on a topic, such as may be used in a business office. The plural form of the Latin noun memorandum so derived is properly memoranda, but if the word is deemed to have become a word of the English language, the plural memorandums, abbreviated to memos, may be used. (See also Agenda, Corrigenda, Addenda) A memorandum can have only a certain number of formats; it may have a format specific to an office or institution. In law specifically, a memorandum is a record of the terms of a transaction or contract, such as a policy memo, memorandum of understanding, memorandum of agreement, or memorandum of association. Alternative formats include memos, briefing notes, reports, letters or binders. They could be one page long or many. They may be considered as grey literature. If the user is a cabinet minister or a senior executive, the format might be rigidly defined and limited to one or two pages. If the user is a colleague, the format is usually much more flexible. At its most basic level, a memorandum can be a handwritten note to one's supervisor. In business, a memo is typically used by firms for internal communication, as opposed to letters which are typically for external communication. Hence, we can consider memoranda as an upward communication process through which any complaint, issues, opinion, views and suggestion are put forward to the authorized level.

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Memorandum Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Literally, to be remembered. It is an informal instrument recording some fact or agreement, so called from its beginning, when it was made in Latin. It is sometimes commenced with this word, though written in English; as "Memorandum, that it is agreed," or it is headed with the words, "Be it remembered that," etc. The term memorandum is also applied to the clause of an instrument.

Insurance. A clause in a policy limiting the liability of the insurer. Its usual form is as follows, namely, "N. B. Corn, fish, salt, fruit, flour and seed, are warranted free from average, unless general, or the ship be stranded: sugar, tobacco, hemp, flax, hides and skins, are warranted free from average, under five percent; and all other goods, also the ship and freight, are warranted free from average, under three percent unless general, or the ship be stranded."

MEMORANDUM OR NOTE - These words are use in the 4th section of the statute 29 Charles II., commonly called the statute of frauds and perjuries, which enact, that "no action shall be brought whereby to charge any person upon any agreement made upon consideration of marriage, or upon any contract or sale of lands, tenements, or hereditaments, or any interest in or concerning them, unless the agreement upon which such action shall he brought, or some memorandum or note thereof, Shall be in writing," etc.

Many cases have arisen out of the words of this part of the statute; the general rule seems to be that the contract must be stated with reasonable certainty in the memorandum or note so that it can be understood from the writing itself, without having recourse to parol proof.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
An informal discussion of the merits of a matter pending in alawyer's office usually written by a law clerk or junior associate for a seniorassociate or partner. Also called an Office memorandum.