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

  • n. Temporary rule by military authorities, imposed on a civilian population especially in time of war or when civil authority has broken down.
  • n. The law imposed on an occupied territory by occupying military forces.

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  • n. Rules by military authorities, especially when imposed on a civilian population in time of war or other crisis, or in an occupied territory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the law administered by the military power of a government when it has superseded the civil authority in time of war, or when the civil authorities are unable to enforce the laws. It is distinguished from military law, the latter being the code of rules for the regulation of the army and navy alone, either in peace or in war.
  • n. See under Martial.

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

  • n. the body of law imposed by the military over civilian affairs (usually in time of war or civil crisis); overrides civil law

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