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No one familiar with the common law of England can read the Constitution of the United States without observing the great desire of the Convention which framed that instrument to make it conform as far as possible with that law.
Samuel Freeman Miller

Meaning of "common law" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF COMMON LAW

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF COMMON LAW

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conjunction
determiner
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Common law is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES COMMON LAW MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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Common law

Common law is law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals, as opposed to statutes adopted through the legislative process or regulations issued by the executive branch. A "common law system" is a legal system that gives great precedential weight to common law, on the principle that it is unfair to treat similar facts differently on different occasions. The body of precedent is called "common law" and it binds future decisions. In cases where the parties disagree on what the law is, a common law court looks to past precedential decisions of relevant courts. If a similar dispute has been resolved in the past, the court is usually bound to follow the reasoning used in the prior decision. If, however, the court finds that the current dispute is fundamentally distinct from all previous cases, judges have the authority and duty to make law by creating precedent. Thereafter, the new decision becomes precedent, and will bind future courts. In practice, common law systems are considerably more complicated than the simplified system described above.

Definition of common law in the English dictionary

The first definition of common law in the dictionary is the body of law based on judicial decisions and custom, as distinct from statute law. Other definition of common law is the law of a state that is of general application, as distinct from regional customs. Common law is also common-law denoting a marriage deemed to exist after a couple have cohabited for several years.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE COMMON LAW

common footmen
common fraction
common gallinule
common garden rhubarb
common good
common ground
common gull
common iguana
common knowledge
common land
common lodging house
common logarithm
Common Market
common measure
common metre
common multiple
common noun
common oak
common of turbary
common or garden

WORDS THAT END LIKE COMMON LAW

administrative law
association law
canon law
case law
court of law
criminal law
crown law
employment law
go to law
international law
maritime law
matter of law
question of law
Roman law
rule of law
skeleton law
Stefan-Boltzmann law
the law
the unwritten law
unwritten law

Synonyms and antonyms of common law in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «common law» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF COMMON LAW

Find out the translation of common law to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of common law from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «common law» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

习惯法
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

derecho consuetudinario
570 millions of speakers

English

common law
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आम कानून
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

القانون العام
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

общего права
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

lei consuetudinária
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সাধারন আইন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

droit coutumier
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

undang-undang am
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gewohnheitsrecht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

慣習法
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

관습법
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Hukum umum
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

luật tầm thường
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பொது சட்டம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सामान्य कायदा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Genel hukuk
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

diritto consuetudinario
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wspólne prawo
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

загального права
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

drept comun
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εθιμικό δίκαιο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gemene reg
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

sedvanerätt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sedvanerett
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of common law

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «COMMON LAW»

The term «common law» is quite widely used and occupies the 32.099 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «COMMON LAW» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about common law

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8 QUOTES WITH «COMMON LAW»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word common law.
1
Edward Coke
Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason - the law which is perfection of reason.
2
Patricia Ireland
And of course we are familiar with the English common law rule of thumb that said a man could in fact use a stick no bigger than his thumb to discipline his wife and family.
3
Samuel Freeman Miller
Louisiana commenced her existence as a state under a code of laws differing from all the other states which were founded on the common law, in that its code, a new one, was founded mainly on the Civil Law and the Code Napoleon of France.
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Samuel Freeman Miller
No one familiar with the common law of England can read the Constitution of the United States without observing the great desire of the Convention which framed that instrument to make it conform as far as possible with that law.
5
Frederick Pollock
It cannot be assumed that equity was following common law whenever they agreed, any more than the converse.
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Elizabeth Strout
'Pnin' by Vladimir Nabokov, which is a literally small book, fit right in my common law book. I would sit in class and read it.
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Jonathan Turley
Under the common law, one of the more controversial rules is the 'no duty to rescue rule' that says that, if you were not responsible for placing someone in danger or risk, you have no obligation to help them, even when it would cost little to save their life.
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James Wilson
Christianity is part of the common law.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «COMMON LAW»

Discover the use of common law in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to common law and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Nature of the Common Law
Throughout the book, the analysis is fully illustrated by leading cases.
Melvin Aron Eisenberg, 1991
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A Concise History of the Common Law
Cloth. $125. * "Professor Plucknett has such a solid reputation on both sides of the Atlantic that one expects from his pen only what is scholarly and accurate...Nor is the expectation likely to be disappointed in this book.
Theodore Frank Thomas Plucknett, 2001
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A Common Law for the Age of Statutes
--American Bar Association Journal Reviews of this book: Calabresi has brought his ample juristic talents to bear on a foundational problem of the legal and democratic process...in its quality, timeliness and provocativeness [this book] is ...
Guido CALABRESI, Guido Calabresi, 2009
4
The Common Law
Extensively annotated, this edition of "The Common Law" will make great reading for any lawyer or student of the law.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 2005
5
The Birth of the English Common Law
This book provides a challenging interpretation of the emergence of the common law in Anglo-Norman England, against the background of the general development of legal institutions in Europe.First published in 1973, The Birth of the English ...
R. C. Caenegem, 1988
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The Common Law and the Environment: Rethinking the Statutory ...
Evaluating almost three decades of experience with the Clean Air Act, Superfund, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other major federal environmental statutes, the contributors to this volume question the effectiveness and ...
Roger E. Meiners, Andrew P. Morriss, 2000
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The spirit of the common law
Reprint of the 1921 classic which traces the roots of law from the feudal period to 20th century jurisprudence. Printed on acid-free paper.
Roscoe Pound, 1921
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Antitrust Law: Economic Theory and Common Law Evolution
This book is an effort to consolidate several different perspectives on antitrust law. First, Professor Hylton has presents a detailed description of the law as it has developed through numerous judicial opinions.
Keith N. Hylton, 2003
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Bentham and the Common Law Tradition
This book offers a philosophical interpretation of the historical debate between Bentham and classical Common Law Theory, a debate that is fundamental to philosophical thought and has shaped contemporary conceptions of nature, tasks, and ...
Gerald J. Postema, 1989
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History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American ...
Other major subjects of this book include the development of the legal profession, from the serjeants, barristers, and attorneys of medieval times down to the transnational megafirms of twenty-first century practice; the literature of the ...
John H. Langbein, Renée Lettow Lerner, Bruce P. Smith, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «COMMON LAW»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term common law is used in the context of the following news items.
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Amicus Briefs Filed In Appellate Court In Support Of Fannie Mae …
The district court decision in this case rests on a view of the fiduciary duties of conservators that is contrary to settled common law principles, ... «ValueWalk, Jul 15»
2
Ruling due on interpreters scheme
... the scheme discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010 and a breach of the common law and the Government's public sector equality duty. «Wirral Globe, Jul 15»
3
Brother in Vic court on child sex charges
In May, a jury found Hartman guilty of one count of indecent assault and two of common law assault for abusing a male student in 1981-82. «Yahoo7 News, Jul 15»
4
The unsealed deposition, and how Bill Cosby 'thrust himself into the …
... depositions, unlike testimony in court, are quite often not made public: “[A]lthough 'there is a presumptive [common law] right to public access ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
5
HC relief for Priyanka on house details
The court said the petitioner had made a prima facie case for interim relief. Quoting an English common law maxim, “Every man's house is his ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
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Slimantics: Does 'History' show us the need for Common Core?
Leaving aside the biblical argument that seems to all but ignore the established fact that most of our law is based on English Common Law, let's ... «The Commercial Dispatch, Jul 15»
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Searching for the Heart of the Doctrine of Vested Rights? N.C. Assoc …
Wayne, __ N.C. ___ (June 11, 2015) that a common law vested right existed and made the land significantly more valuable. But, the North ... «The National Law Review, Jul 15»
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Suspended Stocks and Go-Karting Lawyers
The Council apparently scorns state law and would prefer a synthetic federal corporate common law, or perhaps a requirement that every state ... «Bloomberg View, Jul 15»
9
Aviation finance and security interests in Malta: a new impetus
... sector through the development of legal and administrative infrastructure modelled on the common law system and international conventions. «International Law Office, Jul 15»
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$25 Million Breakup! Kourtney Kardashian Fears Scott Disick Could …
According to insiders, there is mounting fear that Disick could go after Kardashian's cash since he used to call her his common law wife! «RadarOnline, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Common law [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/common-law>. Nov 2019 ».
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