American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short note written as a reminder.
- n. A written record or communication, as in a business office.
- n. Law A short written statement outlining the terms of an agreement, transaction, or contract.
- n. A business statement made by a consignor about a shipment of goods that may be returned.
- n. A brief, unsigned diplomatic communication.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something to be remembered: used, originally as mere Latin, and usually abbreviated mem., to introduce a note of a thing to be done.
- n. A note to help the memory; a record of something for future reference or consideration.
- n. Specifically In law, a writing in which the terms of a transaction or some part of them are embodied. The statute of frauds requires a note or memorandum in writing to make a valid sale in certain cases; and under this statute a letter may be a sufficient memorandum. The term is often used in the caption memorandum of agreement, with which formal contracts are begun.
- n. In diplomacy, a summary of the state of a question, or a justification of a decision agreed on. Also (as French) mèmoire.
- n. a short note serving as a reminder
- n. a written business communication
- n. a brief diplomatic communication
- n. a page in an annual publication honoring the memory of a person who died during the past year.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help the memory.
- n. (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.
- n. a written proposal or reminder
- From Latin memorandum, neuter of memorandus ("to be remembered"), gerundive of memorare ("to bring to rememberance"); see memorate. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, to be remembered (used as a manuscript notation), from Latin, neuter sing. gerundive of memorāre, to bring to remembrance; see memorable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the memorandum is handed over and we are convinced by it, then we begin talks and end with naming who gets what in terms of positions in the country," said Mr. Allawi.”
“Rather, this memorandum is intended solely as a guide to the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion.”
“The Obama memorandum is on the use of prizes in general, which is an innovative solution to all sorts of crises.”
“In a letter to Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy released today, Llywydd Dafydd Elis-Thomas dismisses claims in a memorandum from the Welsh Affairs Select Committee that there are too many LCOs:”
“Please be advised that all foreign travel requests (SF 1175 requests) and any future travel requests involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice and/or polar bears will also require a memorandum from the regional director to the director indicating who'll be the official spokesman on the trip and the one responding to questions on these issues, particularly polar bears.”
“Maliki Seeks Short-Term Fix Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al Maliki, said his government is seeking a short-term memorandum of understanding with the U.S. rather than trying to hammer through a formal agreement on the presence of U.S. forces.”
“The memorandum is then reviewed by the Office of Enforcement Operations and the Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and, ultimately, the Attorney General.”
“(A bench memo is a memorandum from a clerk to a judge explaining the facts of the case, the lower court decision, and the relevant precedents, as well as recommending a rationale for resolving the appeal.)”
“I noted that the very first document in the file is a memorandum from the Attorney General of the United States announcing that the process that led to the arrest of Kenji Ito and others after Pearl Harbor -- the very process on which Malkin relies for depicting Ito as suspicious (p. 272) -- was”
“She called her memorandum file, chiding herself as she always did for not calling it more often.”
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