- The definition of civil law means the code of laws developed from the Romans and used today in Europe and the United States or any body of law in a nation or state, particularly having to do with individual rights.
An example of a civil law is one allowing everyone the freedom to own property.
civil law definition by Webster's New World
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- the body of codified law developed from Roman law and still in force in many European and American nations
- the body of law that an individual nation or state has established for itself
- the body of law having to do with the private rights of individuals
civil law definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- The body of laws of a state or nation dealing with the rights of private citizens.
- The law of ancient Rome as embodied in the Justinian code, especially that which applied to private citizens.
- A system of law having its origin in Roman law, as opposed to common law or canon law.
civil law - Business Definition
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A system of laws based on written legal code that govern disputes between individuals. Civil law is applied to issues involving property and contracts, as opposed to criminal acts.
civil law - Legal Definition
- A legal system derived from Roman law and based on fixed rules and statutes rather than on a court’s interpretation of broad principles. Prominent in continental Europe, Latin America, Scotland, Quebec, and Louisiana. See also common law and natural law.
- The law pertaining to civil or private rights and duties rather than to matters arising under administrative, criminal, or military law.