Intellectual Property Law
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The rule is that you can't use someone else's writings without permission of the author. There is no specific cut off such as "you can use thee words, but not four" or anything like that.
If you are using wikipedia, they allow you to do so but they do require you to provide a specific cite to them and if you don't it would be a copyright violation.
So, to summarize, the only safe way to get a glossary is to 1) write it yourself, or 2) get permission to use someone else's.
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