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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