case law

law established by judicial decisions in particular cases, instead of by legislative action.

1860–65 Unabridged
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case law
Compare statute law See also precedent law established by following judicial decisions given in earlier cases

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Example sentences
Clear statutory language and well-settled case law provided unambiguous
  protection against a politically motivated inquiry.
Given the state of current case law and principles of adjudication, it is
  probably unlikely.
He had also helped to forge important case law to protect the right of
  journalists to have confidential sources.
Statutes scarcely mean anything until a body of case law builds up around them.
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