Definitions for: Jurisprudence


[n] the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
[n] the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ju`ris*pru"dence, n. [L. jurisprudentia; jus,
juris, right, law + prudentia a foreseeing, knowledge of a
matter, prudence: cf. F. jurisprudence. See Just, a., and
Prudence.]
The science of juridical law; the knowledge of the laws,
customs, and rights of men in a state or community, necessary
for the due administration of justice.

The talents of Abelard were not confined to theology,
jurisprudence, philosophy. -- J. Warton.

Medical jurisprudence, that branch of juridical law which
concerns questions of medicine.

Synonyms: law, law, legal philosophy

See Also: accumulation, administrative law, admiralty law, aggregation, assemblage, canon law, case law, civil law, collection, commercial law, common law, contract law, corporation law, ecclesiastical law, international law, law merchant, Law of Moses, law of nations, law of the land, maritime law, martial law, matrimonial law, mercantile law, Mosaic law, patent law, philosophy, precedent, securities law, statutory law, tax law




Famous Quotes Containing Jurisprudence:


The most celebrated system of jurisprudence known to the world begins, as it ends, with a Code.

-- Henry James Sumner Maine (English Historian)

The Roman jurisprudence has the longest known history of any set of human institutions.

-- Henry James Sumner Maine (English Historian)

Besides a happy policy as to civil government, it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice, equity, and public right.

-- Ezra Stiles (American Clergyman)

I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence; but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature.

-- Herbert Read (English Poet)

The principle of equity first came into evidence in Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from the physical meaning of the word.

-- Herbert Read (English Poet)

In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law.

-- Aly Khan (Italian Public Servant)


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