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common law

noun [U]
 
 
LAW a system of laws based on customs and court decisions rather than on written laws made by a parliament. Common law forms the basis of the legal system in the UK, US, and various other countries: There is no statutory definition of "occupier" so it is necessary to turn to common law. →  Compare civil law , statute law
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