civil law

civil law
noun Usage: often capitalized C&L Date: 14th century 1. Roman law especially as set forth in the Justinian code 2. the body of private law developed from Roman law and used in Louisiana and in many countries outside the English-speaking world 3. the law established by a nation or state for its own jurisdiction 4. the law of civil or private rights

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  • civil law — n. 1. the body of codified law developed from Roman law and still in force in many European and American nations: distinguished from COMMON LAW 2. the body of law that an individual nation or state has established for itself: cf. INTERNATIONAL… …   English World dictionary

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  • civil law — ► NOUN 1) law concerned with ordinary citizens, rather than criminal, military, or religious affairs. 2) the system of law predominant on the European continent, influenced by that of ancient Rome …   English terms dictionary

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  • civil law — noun uncount the part of law that deals with disagreements between people rather than with crime …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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