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case law

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noun
  1. law established by judicial decisions in particular cases, instead of by legislative action.

Origin of case law

First recorded in 1860–65
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  • Circumstances might arise in which case-law might be applicable.

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British Dictionary definitions for case law

case law

noun
  1. law established by following judicial decisions given in earlier casesCompare statute law See also precedent (def. 1)
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