variants: or Justinianean \ ˌjə¦stinē¦ānēən \

Definition of Justinianian

: of or relating to the Byzantine emperor Justinian under whom much of the Western Empire was reconquered and the laws codified in the Justinian Code the Justinianean ordinances on the subject of divorce were revived— B. J. Kidd

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History and Etymology for Justinianian

Justinianian from Justinian I †565 Byzantine emperor (from Late Latin Justinianus) + English -ian; Justinianean from Late Latin Justinianeus of Justinian (from Justinianus Justinian) + English -an

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“Justinianian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Justinianian. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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