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- n. A legal principle usually expressed in Latin, traditionally used to concisely express a wider legal concept or rule.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An elementary principle or maximum; a short, proverbial rule, in law, ethics, or metaphysics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A law maxim founded on inveterate custom, or borrowed from the Roman law, and accounted part of the common law.
- n. Hence An elementary principle or maxim; a short proverbial rule; a canon.
From French brocard, cognate with Medieval Latin brocarda, brocardicorum opus, a collection of canonical laws written by the bishop Burchard of Worms. (Wiktionary)