Ecclesiastical law
Ecclesiastical Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al, a. [See {Ecclesiastical}, a.] Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts. [1913 Webster]

Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and discipline was an abomination. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{Ecclesiastical commissioners for England}, a permanent commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider and report upon the affairs of the Established Church.

{Ecclesiastical courts}, courts for maintaining the discipline of the Established Church; -- called also {Christian courts}. [Eng.]

{Ecclesiastical law}, a combination of civil and canon law as administered in ecclesiastical courts. [Eng.]

{Ecclesiastical modes} (Mus.), the church modes, or the scales anciently used.

{Ecclesiastical States}, the territory formerly subject to the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; -- called also {States of the Church}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ecclesiastical law — n: canon law Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. ecclesiastical law …   Law dictionary

  • Ecclesiastical law — Law Law (l[add]), n. [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. l[ o]g, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ecclesiastical law — noun the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church • Syn: ↑canon law • Members of this Topic: ↑diriment impediment • Hypernyms: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • ecclesiastical law — That system of jurisprudence which prevails in the ecclesiastical courts of England. There is a conflict of opinion as to whether the ecclesiastical law of England has been adopted as part of the common law of American states. 15 Am J2d Comm L §… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • ecclesiastical law — The body of jurisprudence administered by the ecclesiastical courts of England; derived, in large measure, from the canon and civil law. As now restricted, it applies mainly to the affairs, and the doctrine, discipline, and worship, of the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • ecclesiastical law — The body of jurisprudence administered by the ecclesiastical courts of England; derived, in large measure, from the canon and civil law. As now restricted, it applies mainly to the affairs, and the doctrine, discipline, and worship, of the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • ecclesiastical law — Christian religious law, codex of laws of the Christian religion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ecclesiastical Law Society — The Ecclesiastical Law Society is an organization based in the United Kingdom that exists to promote the study of ecclesiastical and canon law particularly in the Church of England and those churches in communion with it. [… …   Wikipedia

  • ecclesiastical court — ec·cle·si·as·ti·cal court /i ˌklē zē as ti kəl / n: a court having jurisdiction in ecclesiastical affairs: a tribunal in an ecclesiastical body – called also Court Christian; Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • ecclesiastical courts — In England, the collective classification of particular courts that exercised jurisdiction primarily over spiritual matters. A system of courts, held by authority granted by the sovereign, that assumed jurisdiction over matters concerning the… …   Law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”