from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the system of principles and laws found in the codes and treatises of the lawmakers and jurists of ancient Rome, and incorporated more or less into the laws of the several European countries and colonies founded by them. See Civil law (above).
  • adj. See under Law.

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  • n. the legal code of ancient Rome; codified under Justinian; the basis for many modern systems of civil law


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  • There were some who asserted that the Roman law derived private property solely from the right of first occupation (jus primi occupantis), as for instance Wagner

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The pure private law of Rome, the Roman law of the sixth century, is generally designated Institutionen.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Pandects has been regarded as the critical secular event for modern civilization by those who associate the revival of Roman law with the legend of Amalfi.

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  • Europe of the Roman Law (from the twelfth century) to disavow judicial precedent as a source of law, though in reconciling Roman law with custom, judicial ac - ceptance of custom was recognized.


  • Hence in Roman law affinity arising from a valid marriage, whether consummated or not, constituted a diriment impediment between the affined in all degrees throughout the direct line, and to the second degree (civil method of computing) in the indirect or oblique line.

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  • Everybody knew and realized that, as the Roman law - yers had taught, the salient act of the man on the bench was subsumptio, i.e., the subsumption of a concrete case under a general rule.


  • A Roman governor enforcing Roman law on people who do not understand it, conducting wars that do not benefit the local people, and feathering his own nest—or a client-king who enforces laws his people understand, and who is not allowed to go to war at all?

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The law of the Pandekten in the special sense is Roman law, as a body of actual law, modern Roman law

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  • (System des Justinianischen Kirchenvermögensrechts, pp. 5 sq.), that the Christian Church was a unique institution which it was impossible for the traditional conceptions of Roman law to assimilate successfully.

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  • He introduced the custom of explaining the Roman law by means of glosses, which originally were meagre interlinear elucidations of the text.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent


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