supreme court

noun, often capitalized S&C

Definition of supreme court

1 : the highest judicial tribunal in a political unit (such as a nation or state)
2 : a court of original jurisdiction in New York state subordinate to a final court of appeals

Examples of supreme court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pope removed Burke from his position overseeing the Vatican’s supreme court after Burke in 2014 likened the church to a ship with no rudder. Todd Richmond, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2021 If lawmakers miss Monday’s deadline, a five-judge panel appointed by Oregon’s supreme court chief justice would get to draw the congressional map, which will have a sixth district for the first time in state history. oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2021 Last month, a separate mandate issued by Beshear, requiring masks in all schools, not just public ones, was lifted less than two weeks after it was issued, following a state supreme court ruling against the governor. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Instead, the Ohio Republican Party will consider endorsements for state supreme court contenders. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 Several past circulars and intermediate committees (as well as supreme court cases involving the matter) have made one overarching point clear: India is moving toward banning crypto outright. Tony Raval, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Last month, a separate mandate issued by Beshear, requiring masks in all schools, not just public ones, was lifted less than two weeks after it was issued, following a state supreme court ruling against the governor. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Appeals court and state supreme court judges are appointed by the governor, and a Republican has sat in the governor’s chair since Jeb Bush took office in 1999. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Last month, a separate mandate issued by Beshear, requiring masks in all schools, not just public ones, was lifted less than two weeks after it was issued, following a state supreme court ruling against the governor. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of supreme court

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Oct 2021

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“Supreme court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supreme%20court. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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supreme court

noun

English Language Learners Definition of supreme court

: the highest court of law in a country or U.S. state

supreme court

noun, often capitalized

Kids Definition of supreme court

: the highest court of law in the United States or in many of its states

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Legal Definition of supreme court

1 : the highest court in a nation or state specifically, capitalized S&C : the highest court in the judicial branch of the U.S. government that has original jurisdiction over controversies involving ambassadors or other ministers or consuls but whose main activity is as the court of last resort exercising appellate jurisdiction over cases involving federal law
2 capitalized S&C : a court of original jurisdiction in New York

Note: The court of last resort in New York is the Court of Appeals.

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