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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Definitions for jurisprudence

  1. the science or philosophy of law.
  2. a body or system of laws.
  3. a department of law: medical jurisprudence.

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Citations for jurisprudence
The science of jurisprudence regards the state and power as the ancients regarded fire--namely, as something existing absolutely. But for history, the state and power are merely phenomena, just as for modern physics fire is not an element but a phenomenon. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, translated by Nathan Haskell Dole, 1899
Her jurisprudence, up to her Supreme Court début, had been fairly liberal, but her methods varied: strict textualism, allusions to international law, nods to the legislative record. Lauren Collins, "Number Nine: Sonia Sotomayor's high-profile début," The New Yorker, January 11, 2010
Origin of jurisprudence
Jurisprudence comes from the Late Latin jūrisprūdentia, jūris prūdentia “knowledge of the law,” used in the emperor Justinian’s law codes, published between a.d. 529 and 534 (the Classical Latin phrase is prūdentia jūris). The Latin noun jūs (or its stem jūr-) is the source of jury, injury, perjure, just and justice. Prūdentia “good sense, good judgment, discretion” is a contracted form of the Latin noun prōvidentia “foresight, foreknowledge.” The word entered English in the 17th century.