Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The philosophy or science of law.
  • n. A division or department of law: medical jurisprudence.

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  • n. The philosophy, science, and study of law and decisions based on the interpretation thereof

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of law; the systematic knowledge of the laws, customs, and rights of men in a state or community necessary for the due administration of justice; the science which treats of compulsory laws, with special reference to their philosophy and history.
  • n. The body of laws existing in a given state or nation.
  • n. More specifically, the body of unwritten or judicial law considered in the light of its underlying principles and characteristic tendencies, and as distinguished from statute or legislative law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin iūrisprūdentia : Latin iūris, genitive of iūs, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots + Latin prūdentia, knowledge (from prūdēns, prūdent-, knowing; see prudent).

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From Latin iurisprudentia.

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