mem·o·ran·dum /ˌme-mə-'ran-dəm/ n pl -dums or -da /-də/
1: a usu. informal written communication
2: a record (as a note) which is used by a party seeking to enforce an otherwise oral agreement in accordance with the Statute of Frauds to prove that the other party agreed to a contract and which need not contain all the terms of the contract itself

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun aide-memoir, annotation, brief, chronicle, memoir, notation, note, postnote, record, report associated concepts: memorandum of law II index brief, entry (record), marginalia, notation, note (brief comment), notice (announcement), record, register, reminder

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) An informal document that records the details of a transaction, event, or agreement, or discusses some matter.
(2) A document that examines the facts of a case and applies the law to it to see whether it has merit or not, usually written by a law clerk or low-level attorney at the request of a higher-level attorney, and considered attorney work product; also called a memorandum of law or a memo.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Any written record, including a letter or note, that proves that a contract exists between two parties. This type of memo may be enough to validate an oral (spoken) contract that would otherwise be unenforceable because of the statute of frauds. (Under the statute of frauds, an oral contract is invalid if it can't be completed within one year from the date the contract is made.)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 A form of written internal communication utilized in businesses and other office environments.
2 A summary of the terms of an agreement (typically one to be drafted later).
3 A legal brief, typically on a motion or other issue arising at the trial level.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An informal record, in the form of a brief written note or outline, of a particular legal transaction or document for the purpose of aiding the parties in remembering particular points or for future reference.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An informal record, in the form of a brief written note or outline, of a particular legal transaction or document for the purpose of aiding the parties in remembering particular points or for future reference.
II An informal note or instrument embodying something the parties desire to have in written evidence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) a brief writing, note, summary or outline.
   2) A "memorandum of decision," or "memorandum opinion," is a brief statement by a judge announcing his/her ruling without detail or giving extensive reasons, which may or may not be followed by a more comprehensive written decision. Such memoranda (plural) are issued by appeals courts in language such as: "The petition of appellant is denied for the reasons stated in Albini v. Younger," or "The decision below is affirmed."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Memorandum — 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Memorándum — (lat.), etwas zu Erinnerndes, zu Notierendes; dafür bestimmtes Buch (Memorandenbuch) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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