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1 often cap
a : an essay analyzing, criticizing, or explaining a subject [a published in the Yale Law Review]
b : an explanatory remark appended to a section of text (as of enacted code)
2 : an expression of an opinion or attitude about something: as
a : a remark to a jury by a judge or prosecutor about evidence NOTE: A prosecutor may not remark to the jury that a defendant's failure to testify implies guilt, and a judge may not remark to the jury his or her opinion about what the evidence does or does not prove.
b : a written expression of opinion or information solicited by an agency about a subject of its rulemaking see also informal rulemaking
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.