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jurisprudence

You want a word that’s a whole mouthful? Try jurisprudence, the study and philosophy of law. You want to study jurisprudence? Get ready for law school, where you’ll find even longer, more troubling words.

The Latin-based word jurisprudence is made up of two parts, juris "of law" and prudence which goes back to mean "knowledge." If you study law, you study jurisprudence. You can modify it to show a specific type of law, so you will find terms such as medical, human rights, Islamic or American jurisprudence. Sometimes the word is used as a collective to mean the legal world. This is a new issue that jurisprudence will have to deal with.

Definitions of jurisprudence
  1. noun
    the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
    synonyms: law, legal philosophy
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    contract law
    that branch of jurisprudence that studies the rights and obligations of parties entering into contracts
    corporation law
    that branch of jurisprudence that studies the laws governing corporations
    matrimonial law
    that branch of jurisprudence that studies the laws governing matrimony
    patent law
    that branch of jurisprudence that studies the laws governing patents
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    philosophy
    the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
  2. noun
    the collection of rules imposed by authority
    “the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order”
    synonyms: law
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    administrative law
    the body of rules and regulations and orders and decisions created by administrative agencies of government
    canon law, ecclesiastical law
    the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church
    civil law
    the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation
    case law, common law, precedent
    a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
    international law, law of nations
    the body of laws governing relations between nations
    law of the land
    a phrase used in the Magna Carta to refer to the then established law of the kingdom (as distinct from Roman or civil law); today it refers to fundamental principles of justice commensurate with due process
    martial law
    the body of law imposed by the military over civilian affairs (usually in time of war or civil crisis); overrides civil law
    commercial law, law merchant, mercantile law
    the body of rules applied to commercial transactions; derived from the practices of traders rather than from jurisprudence
    military law
    the body of laws and rules of conduct administered by military courts for the discipline, trial, and punishment of military personnel
    Law of Moses, Mosaic law
    the laws (beginning with the Ten Commandments) that God gave to the Israelites through Moses; it includes many rules of religious observance given in the first five books of the Old Testament (in Judaism these books are called the Torah)
    Islamic law, sharia, sharia law, shariah, shariah law
    the code of law derived from the Quran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed
    statutory law
    the body of laws created by legislative statutes
    securities law
    the body of laws governing the issuance and selling of securities
    tax law
    the body of laws governing taxation
    case law, common law, precedent
    (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
    legislation, statute law
    law enacted by a legislative body
    admiralty law, marine law, maritime law
    the branch of international law that deals with territorial and international waters or with shipping or with ocean fishery etc.
    hudood, hudud
    Islamic laws stating the limits ordained by Allah and including the deterrent punishments for serious crimes
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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