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, 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of law merchant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Law merchant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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

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