Blackstonian

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adjective Black·sto·nian \ ˌblak-ˈstō-nē-ən , -nyən \

Definition of Blackstonian

law
:of or relating to the English jurist Sir William Blackstone or his philosophy of law
  • Where previously the Blackstonian doctrine mandated that when a nuisance could be proved, a plaintiff was entitled to its abatement, courts of equity were willing to couple the finding of nuisance with a remedy limited to damages.
  • —Louise A. HalperBoston College Environmental Affairs Law ReviewFall 1998
  • Summoning another factoid, he recalled a seminal Blackstonian tenet, reciting it nearly verbatim: “This is what Blackstone said: ‘The goal of the judge is to find and declare the law.’ They were not to read new meaning into the Constitution.”
  • —Michael LeahyWashington Post11 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of blackstonian

1825


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