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lex

[leks] /lɛks/
noun, plural leges
[lee-jeez; Latin le-ges] /ˈli dʒiz; Latin ˈlɛ gɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
law1 .
Origin of lex
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500, lex is from the Latin word lēx

lex.

1.
2.

salus populi suprema lex esto

[sah-loo s paw-poo-lee soo-prey-mah leks es-toh; English sey-luh s pop-yuh-lahy-soo-pree-muh leks es-toh] /ˈsɑ lʊs ˈpɔ pʊˌli suˈpreɪ mɑ lɛks ˈɛs toʊ; English ˈseɪ ləs ˈpɒp yəˌlaɪ sʊˈpri mə lɛks ˈɛs toʊ/
Latin.
1.
let the welfare of the people be the supreme law: a motto of Missouri.
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  • The sense of strigilis is supported by Suidas; see Sturz's lex.

  • Isaac showed off, all right, with his 'Bipets are sings vis two lex!'

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • This was the old English law (lex Edwardi) on which they relied.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • The book, it has well been said, is the lex possessionis of that land.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • The code was the lex Talionis modified by the rank and influence of the defendant.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for lex

lex

/lɛks/
noun (pl) leges (ˈliːdʒiːz)
1.
a system or body of laws
2.
a particular specified law
Word Origin
Latin
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