Meaning of “civil law” in the English Dictionary

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"civil law" in British English

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civil lawnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌsɪv.əl ˈlɔː/ us /ˌsɪv.əl ˈlɑː/

Examples from literature

  • During that time he could not be silenced by the arm of the civil law. 
  • Even civil law, the great science of the Romans, became interesting in his hands, and was divested of its dryness and technicality. 
  • He is a graduate in canon and civil law. 

(Definition of “civil law” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"civil law" in Business English

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civil lawnoun [ U ]

uk us LAW

the part of the legal system that deals with people's relationships, property, and business agreements, rather than with criminal activity:

US shareholders are suing the company under civil law for deliberately misleading investors.

a legal system based on ancient Roman law, which is used in many countries. In this system a court makes decisions based on a set of recorded laws rather than on the decision of a judge or jury:

Thailand's legal system is based on civil law, so the case may not be treated as a precedent by other bankruptcy judges.

(Definition of “civil law” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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