Definition of "gist"
  1. The basis or essential part of a legal action, without which the action cannot be validly established
How to use "gist" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer had a difficult time identifying the gist of the case, as the client's argument was very ambiguous.
  2. Without understanding the gist of the lawsuit, the paralegal was unable to prepare the necessary documents.
  3. The class spent the afternoon studying separate cases to determine the gist of each legal action.

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