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civil law

noun

Simple Definition of civil law

  • : laws that deal with the rights of people rather than with crimes

Full Definition of civil law

  1. 1 :  Roman law especially as set forth in the Justinian code

  2. 2 :  the body of private law developed from Roman law and used in Louisiana and in many countries outside the English-speaking world

  3. 3 :  the law established by a nation or state for its own jurisdiction

  4. 4 :  the law of civil or private rights


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