Corpus Juris Civilis

[ kawr-puh s joo r-is si-vahy-lis, si-vil-is ]
/ ˈkɔr pəs ˈdʒʊər ɪs sɪˈvaɪ lɪs, sɪˈvɪl ɪs /


the collective title of the body of ancient Roman law as compiled and codified under the emperor Justinian in the 6th century a.d.: comprises the Digest, the Institutes, the Justinian Code, and the Novels.

Origin of Corpus Juris Civilis

1890–95; < New Latin: literally, body of civil law Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for corpus juris civilis

Corpus Juris Civilis
/ (sɪˈvaɪlɪs) /


law the body of Roman or civil law consolidated by Justinian in the 6th century ad. It consists of four parts, the Institutes, Digest, Code, and Novels

Word Origin for Corpus Juris Civilis

New Latin, literally: body of civil law
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