praetorian law

noun

Roman law
: a system of equity developed by the praetors after their acquisition about 149 b.c. of criminal jurisdiction providing for their right to allow an action not provided for by law, their right to disallow an action that would strictly lie by the jus civile, and their right to allow an equitable defense where no defense was provided by law

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Etymology

translation of Latin jus praetorium

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“Praetorian law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praetorian%20law. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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