the system of law originating in England, as distinct from the civil or Roman law and the canon or ecclesiastical law.
the unwritten law, especially of England, based on custom or court decision, as distinct from statute law.
the law administered through the system of courts established for the purpose, as distinct from equity or admiralty.
Other definitions for common-law (2 of 2)
of, relating to, or established by common law: a common-law spouse.
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How to use common law in a sentence
Instead, he has a lawyer’s eye for the ways in which legislation and common law have helped shape attitudes about fashion, along with a fan’s sustained curiosity about fashion’s visual language.Why the tailored suit — not ruffles and lace — became synonymous with power | Robin Givhan | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The court rejected the city’s efforts to sue under state nuisance law for damages caused by the companies’ “admittedly legal” production and sale of fossil fuels, and said the city’s federal common law claims were displaced by the Clean Air Act.
The US and UK often mirror each other because they have a similar common law structure, says Mania.Deepfake porn is ruining women’s lives. Now the law may finally ban it | Karen Hao | February 12, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Less canonically, “natural marriage” is also at times used as a rough synonym for “common-law marriage.”
Single-parent, same-sex, and common-law families barely penetrated public consciousness, much less the Hebrew lexicon.People-Powered Social Revolution in Israel Promotes Rights of Same-Sex Families | Irit Rosenblum | November 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Common-law partnerships have their own independent authority and validity.
Common-law partnership makes the couple, and not the government or religious institution, the authority in family life.
Common-law partnership offers privacy and autonomy in a world of increasing intrusion and regulation.
The common law forms much the largest part of the great body of law under which we live.
common law means the decisions made by the state and federal courts.
The common law is therefore always slowly changing like the ocean and is never at rest.
Again, common law decisions are not binding on the courts that make them like statutes or legislative commands.
The transfers of property covered by the act are those which the common law regards as fraudulent.
British Dictionary definitions for common law
the body of law based on judicial decisions and custom, as distinct from statute law
the law of a state that is of general application, as distinct from regional customs
common-law (modifier) denoting a marriage deemed to exist after a couple have cohabited for several years: common-law marriage; common-law wife
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Cultural definitions for common law
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