case law


case law
noun
1. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
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common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States

Syn: ↑common law, ↑precedent
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
2. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
Syn: ↑precedent, ↑common law
Topics: ↑civil law
Members of this Topic: ↑service
Hypernyms: ↑civil law

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noun
Etymology: case (I)
: law established by legal precedent or by judicial decision in particular cases : judge-made law

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law established by judicial decisions in particular cases, instead of by legislative action.
[1860-65]

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case law noun
Law established by judicial decisions made in previous cases
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Main Entry:case

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case law UK US noun [uncountable] legal
the system of law that has developed from judges’ decisions in particular cases in the past
Thesaurus: law, laws and parts of lawshyponym
See also: common law1 statute law

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case law,
law established by the decisions of actual previous cases: »

It is not legal antiquarianism…to wish to preserve the best features of the existing customary law, and at the same time to permit its organic development through case law (London Times).

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n. also caselaw the law as established by the outcome of former cases. Compare with common law, statutory law

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noun [noncount]
: law that is based on decisions that judges have made in past cases

Case law says that a person has a right to privacy.

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ˈcase law [case law] noun uncountable (law)
law based on decisions made by judges in earlier cases
see also test case

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • case law — n: law established by judicial decisions in cases as distinguished from law created by legislation – called also decisional law; see also common law Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • case law — ➔ law * * * case law UK US noun [U] ► LAW law based on decisions that have been made by judges in the past: »Case law has established that workers are on the job if they re doing something that benefits the employer, even if the activity wasn t… …   Financial and business terms

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  • case law — n [U] law a type of law that is based on decisions judges have made in the past …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • case law — case′ law n. law law based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • case law — n. law based on previous judicial decisions, or precedents: distinguished from STATUTE LAW …   English World dictionary

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  • Case law — In law, case law is the set of reported judicial decisions of selected appellate courts and other courts of first instance which make new interpretations of the law and, therefore, can be cited as precedents in a process known as stare decisis.… …   Wikipedia