[ joor-is-prood-ns, joor-is-prood- ]
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  1. the science or philosophy of law.

  2. a body or system of laws.

  1. a department of law: medical jurisprudence.

  2. Civil Law. decisions of courts, especially of reviewing tribunals.

Origin of jurisprudence

First recorded in 1620–30; from Late Latin jūrisprūdentia, jūris prūdentia “knowledge of the law” and used in the emperor Justinian’s law codes, published between a.d. 529 and 534. See jus, prudence

Other words from jurisprudence

  • ju·ris·pru·den·tial [joor-is-proo-den-shuhl], /ˌdʒʊər ɪs pruˈdɛn ʃəl/, adjective
  • ju·ris·pru·den·tial·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for jurisprudence


/ (ˌdʒʊərɪsˈpruːdəns) /

  1. the science or philosophy of law

  2. a system or body of law

  1. a branch of law: medical jurisprudence

Origin of jurisprudence

C17: from Latin jūris prūdentia; see jus, prudence

Derived forms of jurisprudence

  • jurisprudential (ˌdʒʊərɪspruːˈdɛnʃəl), adjective
  • jurisprudentially, adverb

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Cultural definitions for jurisprudence


[ (joor-is-proohd-ns) ]

The philosophy of law. Jurisprudence implies creating a body of law and methods for interpreting the law, studying the relationships between law and society, and predicting the effects of legal decisions. In the United States, lawmakers, attorneys, scholars, and courts all take an active role in guiding jurisprudence.

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