common law

Definitions

Economics

  • noun law as laid down in decisions of courts, rather than by statute. It is the general system of laws which were formerly the only laws existing in England and the USA, but which in some cases have been superseded by statute.

Law

  • adjective
    (written as common-law)
    according to the old unwritten system of law
  • noun legal systems based upon the English model, such as that of Australia and most US states

Politics

  • adjective
    (written as common-law)
    according to an old system of laws
  • noun law made by decisions of the courts, rather than by act of parliament
  • noun the general system of laws which in the past were the only laws existing in England, and which in some cases have been replaced by acts of parliament

Real Estate

  • noun a law established on the basis of decisions by the courts, rather than by statute
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