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COMMON LAW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does common law mean? 

COMMON LAW (noun)
  The noun COMMON LAW has 2 senses:

1. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
2. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws

  Familiarity information: COMMON LAW used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMMON LAW (noun)


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Meaning:

(civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

common law; case law; precedent

Hypernyms ("common law" is a kind of...):

civil law (the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation)

Domain category:

civil law (the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation)

Domain member category:

service ((law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him)


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Meaning:

A system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

case law; common law; precedent

Context example:

common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States

Hypernyms ("common law" is a kind of...):

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


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