civil law

the body of laws of a state or nation regulating ordinary private matters, as distinct from laws regulating criminal, political, or military matters.
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.
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.

1375–1425; late Middle English

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civil law
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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Example sentences
Actually, a libertarian candidate explained to me years ago that your property
  rights would be protected by civil law.
Awkwardly, no consistent distinction exists between an offence that should be
  handled under criminal law and one under civil law.
The question of product liability would be best left to civil law.
In a democracy people live under the rule of civil law and freedom is not only
  for oneself but also for the other.
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