Definitions

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

  • n. A comprehensive digest or complete treatise.
  • n. A complete body of laws; a legal code.
  • n. A digest of Roman civil law, compiled for the emperor Justinian in the sixth century A.D. and part of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Also called Digest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A treatise or similar work that is comprehensive as to a particular topic.
  • n. A comprehensive collection of codes or laws.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A treatise which comprehends the whole of any science.
  • n. The digest, or abridgment, in fifty books, of the decisions, writings, and opinions of the old Roman jurists, made in the sixth century by direction of the emperor Justinian, and forming the leading compilation of the Roman civil law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A digest or comprehensive treatise; a treatise containing the whole of any science.
  • n. Specifically plural [capitalized] A collection of Roman civil law made by the emperor Justinian in the sixth century, containing decisions or judgments of lawyers, to which the emperor gave the force and authority of law.

Etymologies

Latin pandectēs, encyclopedia, from Greek pandektēs, all-receiving : pan-, pan- + dektēs, receiver (from dekhesthai, to receive, accept; see dek- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pandectēs ("book that contains everything"), from Ancient Greek πανδέκτης (pandektēs, "all-receiver, encyclopedia"), from πᾶν (pan, "all") (equivalent to English pan-) + δέκτης (dektēs, "receiver"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Jewish pandect observe a various difference between them: out of which we produce these few instances instead of more: --

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Therefore it is no wonder if these things which are spoken by our Saviour are not found verbatim in the Jewish pandect; for they are not so much alleged by him to shew that it was their direct design to banish away all reverence and love towards parents, as to show how wicked their traditions were, and into what ungodly consequences they oftentimes fell.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Jewish pandect read any example of a wife punished with death for adultery.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Patrolling the porches of literature, why did they not bequeath us some pandect of their experience, some rich garniture of commentary on the adventures that befell?

    Shandygaff

  • In an anonymous life of Ceolfrid, the chief source of Bede's information, which, though twice published, had been overlooked by all, Hort found the story of Ceolfrid journeying to Rome and carrying the pandect inscribed with the verses:

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • At the beginning of the pandect, as we have mentioned, there are certain dedicatory verses; they record the gift (of the codex) to the venerable convent of St. Saviour by a certain Peter who was abbot from the extreme territory of the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The codex (or pandect) is usually said to contain the whole Bible; but it should be noted that the Book of Baruch is missing, though the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • In the beginning of 1794 he published a translation of the Ordinances of Menu, on which he had been long employed, and which may be regarded as initiatory to his more copious pandect.

    Lives of the English Poets

  • Then each volume would awaken a new interest, a new set of readers, who would buy the past volumes of course; then it would allow you ample time and opportunities for the slavery of the catalogue volumes, which should be at the same time an index to the work, which would be, in very truth, a pandect of knowledge, alive and swarming with human life, feeling, incident.

    Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1.

  • How numberless are the times that that occurs in the Talmudic pandect, "Women, servants, and children, are not bound to these things.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

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  • (n): 1. a thorough classification and condensation of any subject;
    2. the abstracted summary of Roman court decisions compiled for the emperor Justinian: commonly known as "The Digest".

    January 11, 2009