law merchant

plural laws merchant

Definition of law merchant

: the legal rules formerly applied to cases arising in commercial transactions

Examples of law merchant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rules governing commerce between nations, themselves derived from the law merchant, are a perfect example of non-governmental law. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "The Artemis Accords: A Giant Leap for Space Commerce," 6 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'law merchant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of law merchant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about law merchant

Time Traveler for law merchant

Time Traveler

The first known use of law merchant was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for law merchant

Cite this Entry

“Law merchant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for law merchant

law merchant


Legal Definition of law merchant

: the commercial rules developed under English common law that influenced modern commercial law and that are referred to as supplementing rules set down in the Uniform Commercial Code and in state codes

More from Merriam-Webster on law merchant Encyclopedia article about law merchant

Comments on law merchant

What made you want to look up law merchant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!