law merchant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n law merchant the body of rules applied to commercial transactions; derived from the practices of traders rather than from jurisprudence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Law merchant a system of rules by which trade and commerce are regulated; -- deduced from the custom of merchants, and regulated by judicial decisions, as also by enactments of legislatures.
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Usage

In literature:

A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thine; The court awards it, and the law doth give it.
"The Merchant of Venice [liberally edited by Charles Kean]" by William Shakespeare
For if the law were otherwise, then, of course, merchants would be afraid to sell to them.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
The difference of language, laws and customs, will be some obstacle for a time; but the interest of the merchants will surmount them.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Are criminal by law, even in the crew of a merchant-ship.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
When Prince Morrell had left New York under a cloud, his brother-in-law was a struggling merchant himself.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Of the 700 young men barbarously murdered here, many were students at law, young physicians, and merchants, the best blood of Kentucky!
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
He became a merchant, but was unsuccessful; studied law and opened an office in Boston.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
In Sweden particularly, German merchants by law took an equal share in the government of the towns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Returning thence he married the daughter of a wool merchant, and worked at his father-in-law's business.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
A law was passed allowing any seaman in the British merchant service to volunteer in any part of the world for Her Majesty's service.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
The Westphalian Cyriacus Erckhorst, the son-in-law of Rode, and a velvet merchant, plotted on his side.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
He studied law for a time, and afterwards engaged in business as a timber merchant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
It is amazing to hear this talk, respecting such a law, amongst merchants.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
A merchant would not think it fair, even if it were lawful, to shoot a clerk who could not learn the business.
"Congressional Government" by Woodrow Wilson
Merchants like young Richard Garland found it most convenient to have one law throughout the land for all honest men.
"In the Days of the Guild" by Louise Lamprey
I'd make every merchant paint the front of his buildings on Main Street once a year, by law.
"The Heart of Canyon Pass" by Thomas K. Holmes
He had many wealthy merchants and corporations for his clients, and was regarded as an adept in the law relating to railway companies.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3" by John Charles Dent
The London merchants suffered more from the operations of the new Revenue Laws, than the Americans.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine Vol. IV, No. 19, Dec 1851" by Various
The law-merchant would experience no difficulty in adjusting a matter of this sort.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Legal" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The Middle Ages are full of futile sumptuary laws which sprang from the envy of the nobles for the wealthy merchants.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
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In poetry:

O merchants, tarry yet a day
Here in Bokhara! but at noon,
To-morrow, come, and ye shall pay
Each fortieth web of cloth to me,
As the law is, and go your way.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
The poet with a poem on his lip,
The writer with an essay in his heart,
The statesman with a law within his brain,
The merchant princes busy with their gain;
Dreamers who reck not that their barges slip
Upon a tide from which so few may part.
"Across The Sea - III - Manhood" by Thomas Chard

In news:

Merchants cheer Sunday booze sales as blue laws fall.
Understanding the Merchant Marine Act's cabotage laws.
Price-Gouging Complaints Probed by N.Y. New York's price-gouging law prohibits merchants form taking advantage of consumers by selling goods or services for an "unconscionably excessive price" during "abnormal disruption of the market.".
Trying to justify wrong governmental actions and a dumb law because Canandaigua's merchants and politicians want mid-block, unprotected , pedestrian crossings (article, Aug 28).
Pool and spa retailers across California are praising a new law aimed at promoting equality with online merchants and pulling in revenue for the state.
The Onondaga County Legislature voted Tuesday afternoon to override County Executive Joanie Mahoney's veto of the Onondaga Tobacco 19 law, making it illegal for merchants to sell cigarettes to most 18-year-olds.
The group of merchants that had met with the Town of Colonie last month regarding the Second Hand Dealers Law have now drafted their own version.
A California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a Mature-rated game to a minor.
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