civil law

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n civil law the legal code of ancient Rome; codified under Justinian; the basis for many modern systems of civil law
    • n civil law the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Civil law a term used by writers to designate Roman law, with modifications thereof which have been made in the different countries into which that law has been introduced. The civil law, instead of the common law, prevails in the State of Louisiana.
    • Civil law See under Law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Civil law as opposed to criminal law: the law laid down by a state regarding the rights of the inhabitants
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Quotations

  • William Gilmore Simms
    William Gilmore Simms
    “The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. civīliscivis.

Usage

In literature:

Law and order were indeed far to seek, and there were neither civil tribunals nor military forces.
"The Story of Newfoundland" by Frederick Edwin Smith, Earl of Birkenhead
Cromwell thrust his pikes into the noble heads of England, snapped his fingers at law, and left civil liberty.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
My daughter acts as an individual who is of age, and her reckoning is with the civil law.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
If we lose, who will give us credit for our high ideals of Civil Law in times of war?
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
There have been exceptions to the laws of civil and political change.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
In fact, the civil laws of most countries prohibit many of the things which Moses commanded.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
We're three hundred miles from the nearest law of civilization.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
He is a graduate in canon and civil law.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXV, 1635-36" by Various
Since the day I came into this office I have fought to uphold the supremacy of the civil law.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
And it agreeth very well with that position of the civil law, which sayeth, 'Quod omnia regis aunt,' But how?
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
The law does not protect the elementary civil rights of the Jews as members of our common Russian commonwealth.
"The Shield" by Various
The man, after all, was a law-breaker, a menace to civilization.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
He has formed civilized societies with laws, government, and religion.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
We must study this harmony that rules the celestial worlds in order to deduce the laws which should govern civil bodies.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts,(1 of 2) (Gli Eroici Furori)" by Giordano Bruno
Not the law, not the civil magistrate, but troops, are relied upon now to execute the laws.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
He then spent a year in the study of feudal and civil law before he resolved to devote himself to theology.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
What wonder that prostitution flourishes in spite of Christianity and civil law?
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
All laws were passed by his "sacred providence"; all officers, military and civil, received their authority from him.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
The fugitive-slave law and civil war had done much to weaken the church financially and numerically.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
As to their civil and criminal codes of law, these are unalterably fixed in the Koran.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
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In poetry:

I never kill a fly because
I think that what we have of laws
To regulate and civilize
Our daily life - we owe to flies.
"Flies" by Robert W Service
Returning on the coast of Barbary pause,
Amid a race who own Mahomet's laws:
By far more civilized, as travellers tell,
Than other nations near to which they dwell.
"Enigma XIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
'Twas there then in civil respect to harsh laws,
And for want of false witness to back a bad cause,
A Norman, though late, was obliged to appear,
And who to assist but a grave cordelier?
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad" by Matthew Prior
Ye civil fathers! while the foes
Of this destroyer seize their swords,
And Heaven's own hail is in the blows
They're dealing,—will YE cut the cords
That round the falling fiend they draw,
And o'er him hold your shield of law?
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions II: License Laws" by John Pierpont

In news:

The Philippine Supreme Court has suspended implementation of the country's anti- cybercrime law while it decides whether certain provisions violate civil liberties.
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended implementation of the country's anti- cybercrime law while it decides whether certain provisions violate civil liberties.
In one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, Mr Guyot and others, including Fannie Lou Hamer, were arrested by law enforcement officials in 1963.
0A look at how the Jim Crow laws effected Macon's black community during the Civil Rights Era.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is vowing to push for a new state law that would give pregnant teenagers maternity leave from school.
ALBUQUERQUE — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is vowing to push for a new state law that would give pregnant teenagers maternity leave from school.
The measures include deep pension cuts, tax hikes, a two-year increase in the retirement age to 67 and laws that will make it easier to fire civil servants.
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the court to reinstate a challenge to the law as IPR's Brian Mackey reports.
Montville has enacted two laws establishing off-limit areas to sex offenders, drawing criticism from a civil liberties advocate and some local officials.
(AP) — Montville has enacted two laws establishing off-limit areas to sex offenders, drawing criticism from a civil liberties advocate.
WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans.
The country is on the front end of creating an organized, law-based civil state.
We know local legislators are busy with taxes and civil equality, but perhaps it's time to revisit these weird, long-forgotten laws.
The investment firm running the Reserve Primary Fund money-market fund, violated civil securities fraud laws.
Lawyer's' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Executive Director Barbara Arnwine (2nd R) speaks during a news conference to voice opposition to state photo identification voter laws with the Rev.
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In science:

This means that the physical law will protect a would-be advanced civilization to create a noncausal geometry to violate the chronology protection conjecture.
Chronology Protection in Generalized Godel Spacetime
This opens up enormous possibilities regarding the expansion of advanced civilizations simultaneously through several parallel universes with the same laws of physics, resulting in multidimensional empires.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
The reason is that, if other parallel universes exist with the same laws of physics than ours, it could happen that advanced civilizations could be technically able to ‘jump’ through the extra dimensions to our galaxy for expansion and colonization purposes.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
The social contract is a basic of all civilization. On the most extensive meaning, Montesquieu proposed that any law is a necessity relation. This is an expansion of the natural law. According to Montesquieu s principle, political system classifies democracy, monarchy and despotism.
Synergetic Application, Equations on Rule of Law and Two-Party Mechanism
Religious norms constitute another case, where people with incompatible preferences interact with each other. A similar thing applies to legal norms, when people believing in a pluralistic civil law system interact with people believing in a religious law system.
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach
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