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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law based on judicial decision and precedent rather than on statutes.

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  • n. Law or system of laws established based on judicial precedent rather than on statutory laws created by legislation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
  • n. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

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