UK Accounting Glossary
Boilerplate is standard generic verbiage which is repeated verbatim in numerous contracts, agreements, licenses or other documents. Boilerplate material is often inconsequential, non-specific and applies to everyone equally. Boilerplate can be a one-size-fits-all template, a generic fill-in-the-blank form or simply standardized pre-printed text often referencing generalized terms and conditions. With the proliferation of personal computers, it has become a simple matter to print out boilerplate documents for any number of people. However, in some cases, boilerplate language is simply a placeholder in a document until the document can be personalized to reflect the specific details of the matter to which it pertains. It is generally considered derogatory to refer to something as boilerplate. Boilerplate also refers to any hackneyed or formulaic writing.
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This glossary post was last updated: 4th February 2020.