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

n the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

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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the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics

n the collection of rules imposed by authority

“the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order”
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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 Koran 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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