roman law

noun, often capitalized R

Definition of roman law

: the legal system of the ancient Romans that includes written and unwritten law, is based on the traditional law and the legislation of the city of Rome, and in form comprises legislation of the assemblies, resolves of the senate, enactments of the emperors, edicts of the praetors, writings of the jurisconsults, and the codes of the later emperors

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circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roman law was circa 1533

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“Roman law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roman%20law. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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Roman law

noun
Ro·​man law

Legal Definition of Roman law

: the legal system of the ancient Romans that includes written and unwritten law, is based on the traditional law and legislation of the assemblies, resolves of the senate, enactments of the emperors, edicts of the praetors, writings of the jurisconsults, and the codes of the later emperors, and that is the basis for much of the modern civil law systems

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