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Roman law

the system of jurisprudence elaborated by the ancient Romans, a strong and varied influence on the legal systems of many countries.
Origin of Roman law
1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I cannot but think that the jurisprudence of other civilized countries, derived from the Roman law, supplies a better rule.

  • These degrees are computed according to the rules of the Roman law.

  • From the Jewish, as well as the Roman law, it appears that any one might engage himself in private servitude to whom he pleased.

  • He was one of the earliest and most famous writers on Roman law.

    Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Roman law and Greek Art are filtered to the new age through modern channels.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
  • (f) A free woman that weds a slave loses rank and freedom (cf. Roman law).

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • This was especially the case in all the countries in which the ideas of publicists were the offspring of the Roman law.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • Another disadvantage under which the episcopal courts laboured in dealing with heresy was their procedure, that of Roman law.

  • I have said that there are entire departments of international jurisprudence which consist of the Roman law of Property.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • Demetrius will show thee one who will draw up a writing in agreement with both the Palmyrene and Roman law.

    Zenobia William Ware
British Dictionary definitions for Roman law

Roman law

the system of jurisprudence of ancient Rome, codified under Justinian and forming the basis of many modern legal systems
another term for civil law
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