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civil law

noun
1.
the body of laws of a state or nation regulating ordinary private matters, as distinct from laws regulating criminal, political, or military matters.
2.
Roman History. the body of law proper to the city or state of Rome, as distinct from that common to all nations.
Compare jus civile.
3.
systems of law influenced significantly and in various ways by Roman law, especially as contained in the Corpus Juris Civilis, as distinct from the common law and canon or ecclesiastical law.
Origin of civil law
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English
Related forms
civil-law, adjective
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  • Prisoners held for offences against the civil law were ordered to be delivered to state officials.

  • In 1847 professor of civil law at Cambridge; 1850, called to the Bar.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • civil law, which is God's ordinance, prohibits tampering with any testament of man.

  • The proportion of criminal to civil law is exceedingly different.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • Bulloch can be considered as the creator of civil law in Penguinia.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • I cannot invoke the civil law to do more than to say that it shall be a day of rest.

    'America for Americans!' John Philip Newman
  • All were free to accept or reject the truth untrammelled by the arbitrary requirements of the civil law.

British Dictionary definitions for civil law

civil law

noun
1.
the law of a state relating to private and civilian affairs
2.
the body of law in force in ancient Rome, esp the law applicable to private citizens
3.
any system of law based on the Roman system as distinguished from the common law and canon law
4.
the law of a state as distinguished from international law
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