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criminal law

the laws of a state or country dealing with criminal offenses and their punishments.
Origin of criminal law
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You do not intend to specialize in criminal law, do you, Mr. Hamilton?

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • I have had for ten years a considerable experience of criminal law.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Then criminal law and penalty took the place of retaliation.


    William Graham Sumner
  • It's only the clumsy fool who gets tangled in the criminal law.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • But in the criminal law and the law of torts it is of the first importance.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for criminal law

criminal law

the body of law dealing with the constitution of offences and the punishment of offenders
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