Simple Definition of jurisprudence
: the study of law
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For a farewell to our jurisprudent, I wish unto him the gladsome light of jurisprudence. . . . With this valedictory to English jurist Sir Thomas Littleton, another jurist, Sir Edward Coke, welcomed two new words into English. In 1628, his jurisprudence meant "knowledge of or skill in law," a now archaic sense that reflects the literal meaning of the word. "Jurisprudence" goes back to Latin prudentia juris (literally "skill in law"), from which was derived the Late Latin formation jurisprudentia, and subsequently our word. The noun jurisprudent means "one skilled in law" - in other words, "a jurist." There's also "jurisprude," a 20th-century back- formation created from "jurisprudence" with influence from "prude." It means "one who makes ostentatious show of jurisprudential learning."
First Known Use of jurisprudence
Legal Definition of jurisprudence
1a : a system or body of law <in the federal jurisprudence>; especially : a body of law dealing with a specific issue or area <labor jurisprudence> b : the course of court decisions as distinguished from legislation and doctrine <the jurisprudence decided under the source provisions — Louisiana Civil Code>
2 : the science or philosophy of law <they have no theories of jurisprudence but…decide each case on its facts — R. H. Bork>
jurisprudential\ˌju̇r-əs-prü-ˈden-chəl\ play adjective
Origin and Etymology of jurisprudence
Late Latin jurisprudentia knowledge of or skill in law, from Latin juris, genitive of jus right, law + prudentia wisdom, proficiency
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