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[joo r-is-prood-ns, joo r-is-prood-] /ˌdʒʊər ɪsˈprud ns, ˈdʒʊər ɪsˌprud-/
the science or philosophy of law.
a body or system of laws.
a department of law:
medical jurisprudence.
Civil Law. decisions of courts, especially of reviewing tribunals.
Origin of jurisprudence
1620-30; < Latin jūris prūdentia knowledge of the law. See jus, prudence
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[joo r-is-proo-den-shuh l] /ˌdʒʊər ɪs pruˈdɛn ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
jurisprudentially, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for jurisprudence


the science or philosophy of law
a system or body of law
a branch of law: medical jurisprudence
Derived Forms
jurisprudential (ˌdʒʊərɪspruːˈdɛnʃəl) adjective
jurisprudentially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jūris prūdentia; see jus, prudence
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Word Origin and History for jurisprudence

1620s, "knowledge of law," from French jurisprudence (17c.) and directly from Late Latin iurisprudentia "the science of law," from iuris "of right, of law" (genitive of ius; see jurist) + prudentia "knowledge, a foreseeing" (see prudence). Meaning "the philosophy of law" is first attested 1756. Related: Jurisprudential.

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jurisprudence in Culture
jurisprudence [(joor-is-proohd-ns)]

The philosophy of law. Jurisprudence implies creating a body of law and methods for interpreting the law, studying the relationships between law and society, and predicting the effects of legal decisions. In the United States, lawmakers, attorneys, scholars, and courts all take an active role in guiding jurisprudence.

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