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criminal law

the laws of a state or country dealing with criminal offenses and their punishments.
Origin of criminal law
1580-90 Unabridged
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  • The necessity for the reform of the criminal law resulted in the institution of permanent tribunals (qustiones perpetu).

  • You do not intend to specialize in criminal law, do you, Mr. Hamilton?

    The Crevice William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • The criminal law expresses the mores of the time when they have reached very concrete and definite formulæ of prohibition.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Then criminal law and penalty took the place of retaliation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • This is only curious, but at the same time has a connection with late enactments in criminal law.

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British Dictionary definitions for criminal law

criminal law

the body of law dealing with the constitution of offences and the punishment of offenders
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