from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

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  • noun 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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