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martial law

noun
1.
the law temporarily imposed upon an area by state or national military forces when civil authority has broken down or during wartime military operations.
2.
the law imposed upon a defeated country or occupied territory by the military forces of the occupying power.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35
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Examples for martial law
  • martial law is the temporary military rule imposed upon a civilian population.
  • Sometimes the best way to behave better when you are weak is to impose martial law upon yourself when you feel strong.
  • And he ends by threatening martial law upon all future transgressors.
  • Only one day later, the government declared martial law.
  • But after the declaration of martial law, the atmosphere became tense.
  • In addition, he put the entire island under martial law.
  • martial law brought order and uniformity in operations and compelled the people to go to work.
British Dictionary definitions for martial law

martial law

noun
1.
the rule of law established and maintained by the military in the absence of civil law
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