common law

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common law (uncountable)

  1. (law) Law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals (also called case law), as distinguished from legislative statutes or regulations promulgated by the executive branch.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (law, typically in the phrase "common law system") A legal system that gives great precedential weight to common law (in sense 1), as opposed to a civil law, Islamic law, and Soviet law systems.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (law, typically in the phrase "common law jurisdiction") A jurisdiction that uses a common law system (in sense 2), United Kingdom and most of its former colonies and possessions, including the United States.
  4. (law, archaic) One of two legal systems in England and in the United States before 1938 (the other being equity).
  5. Used other than as an idiom: see common,‎ law.

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common law f (uncountable)

  1. (law) common law (law developed by judges)