martial law

noun

Definition of martial law

1 :the law applied in occupied territory by the military authority of the occupying power
2 :the law administered by military forces that is invoked by a government in an emergency when the civilian law enforcement agencies are unable to maintain public order and safety

Examples of martial law in a Sentence

  1. The government has imposed martial law throughout the city to stop the riots.

  2. an area placed under martial law

First Known Use of martial law

1576


MARTIAL LAW Defined for English Language Learners

martial law

noun

Definition of martial law for English Language Learners

  • : control of an area by military forces rather than by the police


Law Dictionary

martial law

noun mar·tial law \ ˈmär-shəl- \

legal Definition of martial law

1 :the law applied in occupied territory by the military authority of the occupying power
2 :the law administered by military forces that is invoked by a government in an emergency when civilian law enforcement agencies are unable to maintain public order and safety — compare military law

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