[joo r-is-prood-ns, joo r-is-prood-]
  1. the science or philosophy of law.
  2. a body or system of laws.
  3. a department of law: medical jurisprudence.
  4. Civil Law. decisions of courts, especially of reviewing tribunals.

Origin of jurisprudence

First recorded in 1620–30, jurisprudence is from the Latin word jūris prūdentia knowledge of the law. See jus, prudence
Related formsju·ris·pru·den·tial [joo r-is-proo-den-shuh l] /ˌdʒʊər ɪs pruˈdɛn ʃəl/, adjectiveju·ris·pru·den·tial·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for jurisprudential

Historical Examples of jurisprudential

  • Nevertheless the jurisprudential element is still but inchoate.

  • There was a jurisprudential element in the early law of Rome.

  • The mold of his mind was singularly judicial, and his career as a public servant shines through his jurisprudential service.

  • Every one can imagine the fine page now added to the Golden Book of jurisprudential festivals.

    A Start in Life

    Honore de Balzac

  • Negative doctrines of the State in the sense of jurisprudential skepticism are the teachings of Bakunin and Kropotkin.


    Paul Eltzbacher

British Dictionary definitions for jurisprudential


  1. the science or philosophy of law
  2. a system or body of law
  3. a branch of lawmedical jurisprudence
Derived Formsjurisprudential (ˌdʒʊərɪspruːˈdɛnʃəl), adjectivejurisprudentially, adverb

Word Origin for jurisprudence

C17: from Latin jūris prūdentia; see jus, prudence
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Word Origin and History for jurisprudential



1620s, "knowledge of law," from French jurisprudence (17c.) and directly from Late Latin iurisprudentia "the science of law," from iuris "of right, of law" (genitive of ius; see jurist) + prudentia "knowledge, a foreseeing" (see prudence). Meaning "the philosophy of law" is first attested 1756. Related: Jurisprudential.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jurisprudential in Culture



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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