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jus gentium

[ juhs jen-shee-uh m ]
/ ˈdʒʌs ˈdʒɛn ʃi əm /

noun Roman Law.

See under jus civile.


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Nearby words

jurywoman, jus, jus canonicum, jus civile, jus divinum, jus gentium, jus naturale, jus postliminii, jus primae noctis, jus sanguinis, jus soli

Origin of jus gentium

1540–50; < Latin: law of the nations

Definition for jus gentium (2 of 2)

jus civile

[ juhs si-vahy-lee, -vee- ]
/ ˈdʒʌs sɪˈvaɪ li, -ˈvi- /

noun Roman Law.

the rules and principles of law derived from the customs and legislation of Rome, as opposed to those derived from the customs of all nations (jus gentium) or from fundamental ideas of right and wrong implicit in the human mind (jus naturale).

Origin of jus civile

< Latin: civil law Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for jus gentium (1 of 2)

jus civile

/ (sɪˈviːlɪ) /


the civil law of the Roman state
the body of law derived from the principles of this lawCompare jus gentium, jus naturale

Word Origin for jus civile

from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for jus gentium (2 of 2)

jus gentium

/ (ˈdʒɛntɪəm) /


Roman law those rules of law common to all nations

Word Origin for jus gentium

from Latin
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