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martial law

the law temporarily imposed upon an area by state or national military forces when civil authority has broken down or during wartime military operations.
the law imposed upon a defeated country or occupied territory by the military forces of the occupying power.
Origin of martial law
First recorded in 1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An please your majesty, let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial law in the orld.

    King Henry the Fifth William Shakespeare
  • This is the result of martial law and the control of the liquor licence!

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • Robert Blum had been shot to death in Vienna, according to martial law, it said.

    The Marx He Knew John Spargo
  • In November, martial law had to be declared again at Montreal.

  • If martial law is passed they will need me all the more there.

    Vera Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for martial law

martial law

the rule of law established and maintained by the military in the absence of civil law
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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