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law merchant

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noun
  1. the principles and rules, drawn chiefly from custom, determining the rights and obligations of commercial transactions; commercial law.
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Origin of law merchant

First recorded in 1615–25
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  • The law-merchant would experience no difficulty in adjusting a matter of this sort.

    The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)

    Robert G. Ingersoll


British Dictionary definitions for law merchant

law merchant

noun
  1. mercantile law the body of rules and principles determining the rights and obligations of the parties to commercial transactions; commercial law
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