Meaning of “criminal law” in the English Dictionary

"criminal law" in British English

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criminal lawnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkrɪm.ɪ.nəl ˈlɔː/ us /ˌkrɪm.ɪ.nəl ˈlɑː/

Examples from literature

  • By the criminal law a man could not be punished for the acts of another. 
  • Here his chief work was the codification of the criminal law, which he carried out with great ability, and by which he wrote his name on the history of the empire. 
  • In no two countries is the criminal law the same, and an act which is perfectly harmless when committed in one part of Europe, is considered in another as a contravention of the law. 
  • We may pause a moment to glance at the provisions made by the criminal law for protecting women. 
  • Your proposition is true only to the extent that the criminal law is invoked to protect property rights—and not life and liberty. 

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

"criminal law" in Business English

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criminal lawnoun [ U ]

uk us LAW

the part of the legal system which relates to punishing people who have committed a criminal act:

Investigation of breaches of the criminal law is generally the responsibility of the police.
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criminal lawyer
noun [ C ]

If you need advice on a criminal law issue, you can find a criminal lawyer by using our website.

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

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