martial law

noun
1.
the law temporarily imposed upon an area by state or national military forces when civil authority has broken down or during wartime military operations.
2.
the law imposed upon a defeated country or occupied territory by the military forces of the occupying power.
Origin
1525–35
British Dictionary definitions for martial-law
martial law
 
n
the rule of law established and maintained by the military in the absence of civil law

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