Definition of jurisprudence
1 : the science or philosophy of law they have no theories of jurisprudence but … decide each case on its facts — R. H. Bork
2a : a system or body of law Roman jurisprudence labor jurisprudenceb : the course of court decisions as distinguished from legislation and doctrine a tendency that has become apparent in the jurisprudence of the American courts — Bernard Schwartz
3 : a department of law medical jurisprudence
jurisprudentialplay \ˌju̇r-əs-prü-ˈden(t)-shəl\ adjective
jurisprudentiallyplay \ˌju̇r-əs-prü-ˈden(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
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We’ve essentially seen, sector by sector, re-monopolization in the economy going back to some of the decisions President Reagan made to change antitrust jurisprudence.
And, of course, these critical issues of jihadi jurisprudence are now being debated and contested largely over the Internet.
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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."
JURISPRUDENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jurisprudence for English Language Learners
: the study of law
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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