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[joo r-is-prood-ns, joo r-is-prood-] /ˌdʒʊər ɪsˈprud ns, ˈdʒʊər ɪsˌprud-/
the science or philosophy of law.
a body or system of laws.
a department of law:
medical jurisprudence.
Civil Law. decisions of courts, especially of reviewing tribunals.
Origin of jurisprudence
First recorded in 1620-30, jurisprudence is from the Latin word jūris prūdentia knowledge of the law. See jus, prudence
Related forms
[joo r-is-proo-den-shuh l] /ˌdʒʊər ɪs pruˈdɛn ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
jurisprudentially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jurisprudential
Historical Examples
  • There was a jurisprudential element in the early law of Rome.

  • Nevertheless the jurisprudential element is still but inchoate.

  • The mold of his mind was singularly judicial, and his career as a public servant shines through his jurisprudential service.

  • Every one can imagine the fine page now added to the Golden Book of jurisprudential festivals.

    A Start in Life Honore de Balzac
  • Negative doctrines of the State in the sense of jurisprudential skepticism are the teachings of Bakunin and Kropotkin.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • A negative doctrine of the State in the sense of jurisprudential criticism is Tolstoi's teaching.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • The original plan of Theodosius embraced the project of a Codex of the jurisprudential law.

British Dictionary definitions for jurisprudential


the science or philosophy of law
a system or body of law
a branch of law: medical jurisprudence
Derived Forms
jurisprudential (ˌdʒʊərɪspruːˈdɛnʃəl) adjective
jurisprudentially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jūris prūdentia; see jus, prudence
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Word Origin and History for jurisprudential



1620s, "knowledge of law," from French jurisprudence (17c.) and directly from Late Latin iurisprudentia "the science of law," from iuris "of right, of law" (genitive of ius; see jurist) + prudentia "knowledge, a foreseeing" (see prudence). Meaning "the philosophy of law" is first attested 1756. Related: Jurisprudential.

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jurisprudential in Culture
jurisprudence [(joor-is-proohd-ns)]

The philosophy of law. Jurisprudence implies creating a body of law and methods for interpreting the law, studying the relationships between law and society, and predicting the effects of legal decisions. In the United States, lawmakers, attorneys, scholars, and courts all take an active role in guiding jurisprudence.

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