Due to the size of the English language – the number of words exceeds 800,000 – it is quite easy to confuse the meanings of and misuse so many of the words that sound or appear the same. This is particularly true if English is not your native tongue.
In addition, there are numerous words used by lawyers – legal and otherwise – that must be used precisely, particularly in the legal context where ambiguity and misunderstanding are not welcome.
The following is a pairing of commonly confused terms used in Legal English.
accede: to adhere to an agreement; become party to a contract
exceed: to go beyond; surpass