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jurisprudence

[joo r-is-prood-ns, joo r-is-prood-] /ˌdʒʊər ɪsˈprud ns, ˈdʒʊər ɪsˌprud-/
noun
1.
the science or philosophy of law.
2.
a body or system of laws.
3.
a department of law:
medical jurisprudence.
4.
Civil Law. decisions of courts, especially of reviewing tribunals.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin jūris prūdentia knowledge of the law. See jus, prudence
Related forms
jurisprudential
[joo r-is-proo-den-shuh l] /ˌdʒʊər ɪs pruˈdɛn ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
jurisprudentially, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for jurisprudentially

jurisprudence

/ˌdʒʊərɪsˈpruːdəns/
noun
1.
the science or philosophy of law
2.
a system or body of law
3.
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 jurisprudentially

jurisprudence

n.

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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jurisprudentially 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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