Black·​sto·​nian | \ ˌblak-ˈstō-nē-ən How to pronounce Blackstonian (audio) , -nyən \

Definition of Blackstonian

: 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. Halper, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Fall 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 Leahy, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of Blackstonian

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackstonian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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