- the system of jurisprudence elaborated by the ancient Romans, a strong and varied influence on the legal systems of many countries.
Origin of Roman law
First recorded in 1650–60
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With him died the best beloved and the most talented of Roman-law professors of modern times.
- the system of jurisprudence of ancient Rome, codified under Justinian and forming the basis of many modern legal systems
- another term for civil law