pandect

noun
pan·​dect | \ˈpan-ˌdekt \

Definition of pandect 

1 : a complete code of the laws of a country or system of law

2 : a treatise covering an entire subject

Did You Know?

The original pandect was the "Pandectae," a massive fifty-volume digest of Roman civil law that was created under the emperor Justinian in the 6th century. The Latin word pandectae is the plural of "pandectes," which means "encyclopedic work" or "book that contains everything." "Pandectes" in turn derives from the Greek pandekt‡s ("all-receiving"), from "pan-" ("all") and "dechesthai" ("to receive"). When the word pandect first cropped up in English in the mid-16th century, it referred to the complete code of laws of a particular country or system. Its "comprehensive treatise" sense developed later that century.

First Known Use of pandect

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pandect

Late Latin Pandectae, the Pandects, digest of Roman civil law (6th century a.d.), from Latin, plural of pandectes encyclopedic work, from Greek pandektēs all-receiving, from pan- + dechesthai to receive; akin to Greek dokein to seem, seem good — more at decent

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pandect

Listen to Our Podcast about pandect

Statistics for pandect

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pandect

The first known use of pandect was in 1553

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on pandect

See words that rhyme with pandect

Comments on pandect

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

WORD OF THE DAY

by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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