Definition of Jurisprudence

1. Noun. The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do.

Exact synonyms: Law, Legal Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophy
Specialized synonyms: Contract Law, Corporation Law, Matrimonial Law, Patent Law
Derivative terms: Jurisprudential, Jurist, Jurist

2. Noun. The collection of rules imposed by authority. "The great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Exact synonyms: Law
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Terms within: Law
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Specialized synonyms: Administrative Law, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical Law, Civil Law, Case Law, Common Law, Precedent, International Law, Law Of Nations, Law Of The Land, Martial Law, Commercial Law, Law Merchant, Mercantile Law, Military Law, Law Of Moses, Mosaic Law, Islamic Law, Sharia, Sharia Law, Shariah, Shariah Law, Statutory Law, Securities Law, Tax Law
Derivative terms: Jurist, Jurist

Definition of Jurisprudence

1. n. The science of juridical law; the knowledge of the laws, customs, and rights of men in a state or community, necessary for the due administration of justice.

Definition of Jurisprudence

1. Noun. (legal) The philosophy, science, and study of law and decisions based on the interpretation thereof ¹

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Definition of Jurisprudence

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Medical Definition of Jurisprudence

1. The science of juridical law; the knowledge of the laws, customs, and rights of men in a state or community, necessary for the due administration of justice. "The talents of Abelard were not confined to theology, jurisprudence, philosophy." (J. Warton) Medical jurisprudence, that branch of juridical law which concerns questions of medicine. Origin: L. Jurisprudentia; jus, juris, right, law + prudentia a foreseeing, knowledge of a matter, prudence: cf. F. Jurisprudence. See Just, and Prudence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Jurisprudence

jurisprudence (current term)
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Literary usage of Jurisprudence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Village-communities in the East and West: Six Lectures Delivered at Oxford by Henry Sumner Maine (1871)
"IN the Academical Statute which defines the duties of the Professor of jurisprudence, the branches of enquiry to which he is directed to address himself are ..."

2. Voltaire by John Morley (1872)
"... yet in truth the jurisprudence of Eymeric and his inquisition was as nearly as possible identical with the criminal jurisprudence of France at that very ..."

3. The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire by Edward Gibbon, Henry Hart Milman (1881)
"The laws which excuse on any occasions the ignorance of their subjects, confess their own imperfections ; the civil jurisprudence, as it was abridged by ..."

4. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1885)
"As a text-book for the general student who wishes to make himself familiar with the elements of medical jurisprudence, the book will be found very valuable, ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1885)
"Text-Book of Medical jurisprudence and Toxicology. By JOHN J. REESE. MI)., Prof, of Medical jurisprudence and Toxicology in the University of Pennsylvania, ..."

6. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"... jurisprudence and the penal, which latter is wont, in certain circumstances, to receive the name of criminal. What is a penal code of laws ? ..."

7. The Lancet (1842)
"Dick, Dr., ou phrenological jurisprudence, 48; on the opinions of phrenologists respecting phrenology, 196; on vegetable diet, 306; note from, 349. ..."

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