from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of reducing to a code or system; especially, in law, the reducing of unwritten or case law to statutory form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of codifying or reducing laws to a code.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process of precisely formulating a statement, as a code of laws.

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

  • noun a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones)
  • noun the act of codifying; arranging in a systematic order


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  • But I believe that we need to swing away from the notion that codification is the most important goal.

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  • The Institute of International Law is a purely scientific and private association, without official character, whose objective is to promote the progress of international law by: formulating general principles; cooperating in codification; seeking official acceptance of principles in harmony with the needs of modern society; contributing to the maintenance of peace or to the observance of the laws of war; proffering needed judicial advice in controversial or doubtful cases; and contributing, through publications, education of the public, and any other means, to the success of the principles of justice and humanity which should govern international relations.

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  • It has its hero, Field; its villain is James C. Carter of New York,26 who fought the idea of codification with as much vigor as Field fought for it.

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  • For the classical Roman law, then, reference will be made only to the Corpus Iuris Civilis; that is, the codification of the common law of Rome made at the very end of the ancient Roman Empire.

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  • The mere evolution of the system from its principles required no transcendant effort; and the idea of codification must have been something less than divine, or it could not have been compassed by the intellect of Justinian.

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  • It must not for a moment be supposed that the refined considerations now urged in favour of what is called codification had any part or place in the change I have described.

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