Salic law
Salic Sal"ic (s[a^]l"[i^]k), a. [F. salique, fr. the Salian Franks, who, in the fifth century, formed a body of laws called in Latin leges Salic[ae].] Of or pertaining to the Salian Franks, or to the Salic law so called. [Also {salique}.] [1913 Webster]

{Salic law}. (a) A code of laws formed by the Salian Franks in the fifth century. By one provision of this code women were excluded from the inheritance of landed property. (b) Specifically, in modern times, a law supposed to be a special application of the above-mentioned provision, in accordance with which males alone can inherit the throne. This law has obtained in France, and at times in other countries of Europe, as Spain. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Salic law — n. 1. a code of laws of Germanic tribes, including the Salian Franks; esp., the provision of this code excluding women from inheriting land 2. the law excluding women from succeeding to the throne in the French and Spanish monarchies …   English World dictionary

  • Salic Law —    Legal code traditionally thought to have been compiled under the great Merovingian king Clovis (r. 481 511), the Salic law (Lex Salica) is one of the most important of early medieval legal compilations. The importance of the code is the result …   Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe

  • Salic law — 1. a code of laws of the Salian Franks and other Germanic tribes, esp. a provision in this code excluding females from the inheritance of land. 2. the alleged fundamental law of the French monarchy by which females were excluded from succession… …   Universalium

  • Salic law — noun Date: 1599 1. a rule held to derive from the legal code of the Salic Franks excluding females from the line of succession to a throne 2. the legal code of the Salic Franks …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Salic law — noun historical 1》 a law excluding females from dynastic succession, especially as the alleged fundamental law of the French monarchy. 2》 a Frankish law book extant in Merovingian and Carolingian times …   English new terms dictionary

  • Salic law — /ˈsælɪk lɔ/ (say salik law), /ˈseɪlɪk/ (say saylik) noun 1. a code of laws of the Salian Franks, a tribe who dwelt in the regions of the Rhine near the North Sea, and of other Germanic tribes, especially a provision in this code excluding females …   Australian English dictionary

  • Salic law — noun /ˈseɪlɪk.lɒ/ A law or rule that excludes women from the line of succession to a throne or other public office …   Wiktionary

  • SALIC LAW —    a law which obtained among the Salian Franks, as also in certain German States, which excluded females from succession to the throne …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Salic Law — The earliest barbarian code, in use by a Teutonic tribe in the fifth century. The law of the Franks …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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