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common lawnoun [U]

uk   us  
the ​legalsystem in ​England and most of the US that has ​developed over a ​period of ​time from ​oldcustoms and ​courtdecisions, ​rather than ​laws made by ​politicians

common-lawadjective

uk   /ˈkɒm.ən.lɔː/  us   /ˈkɑː.mən.lɑː/
common-law wife/husband someone who is not ​officially a ​wife or ​husband but is ​considered to be one because she or he has been ​living with ​theirpartner for a ​longtime
(Definition of common law from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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common lawnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɑm·ən ˈlɔ/
politics & government a ​legalsystem that has ​developed over a ​period of ​time from ​customs and ​courtdecisions
(Definition of common law from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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common lawnoun [U]

uk   us  
LAW a ​system of ​lawsbased on ​customs and ​court decisions rather than on written ​laws made by a ​parliament. Common ​lawforms the ​basis of the ​legalsystem in the UK, US, and various other countries: There is no ​statutory definition of "​occupier" so it is necessary to ​turn to common ​law.
(Definition of common law from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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