[kod-uh-fi-key-shuh n, koh-duh-]
  1. the act, process, or result of arranging in a systematic form or code.
  2. Law.
    1. the act, process, or result of stating the rules and principles applicable in a given legal order to one or more broad areas of life in this form of a code.
    2. the reducing of unwritten customs or case law to statutory form.

Origin of codification

First recorded in 1810–20; code + -i- + -fication
Related formsre·cod·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for recodification


  1. systematic organization of methods, rules, etc
  2. law the collection into one body of the principles of a system of law
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