Definition of jurisprudence in English:



  • 1The theory or philosophy of law.

    • ‘In terms of legal analysis, you can argue plausibly that all I have done is to apply in large measure well-established jurisprudence.’
    • ‘Only Richard Hooker can count as a precursor, and then merely in one limited branch of philosophy, that of jurisprudence.’
    • ‘It is not my intention to review the relevant jurisprudence in this ruling.’
    • ‘Perhaps so, if the present masters of jurisprudence in the law schools and on the courts are in unchallengeable control.’
    • ‘Furthermore, much jurisprudence had accumulated regarding the interpretation of the offences punishable in terms of the new Statute.’
    • ‘Further, the overwhelming body of international jurisprudence favours the application of a subjective test.’
    • ‘This reliance on custom over jurisprudence was evident in Nazma's case.’
    • ‘For the Muslim Brothers, the Sharia is the sole source of legislation and jurisprudence.’
    • ‘And in the realm of equity jurisprudence, he is attuned to making the common law make sense.’
    • ‘This is obviously against Islam's own well-established principles of jurisprudence and legislation.’
    • ‘It involves concepts described as grounds - that is jurisprudence.’
    • ‘That is what we call jurisprudence, it is the philosophy and decision-making that underlies our legal system.’
    • ‘The term ‘criminal offence’ under Convention jurisprudence has an autonomous meaning.’
    • ‘The whole course of this area of jurisprudence is that similar functions can be discharged both on an executive basis and a judicial basis.’
    • ‘Finally, the development of European Human Rights Law engages some of the most basic issues of jurisprudence.’
    • ‘After the war, he earned a doctorate in jurisprudence from the Brooklyn Law School.’
    • ‘However, more recent jurisprudence demonstrates a judicial resistance towards slavish adherence to that rule.’
    • ‘That vision informs much of the court's jurisprudence from the 1880s onward.’
    • ‘Born in Lisbon, he studied history, philosophy, and jurisprudence at the University of Lisbon.’
    • ‘For the others, he was majoring in archaeology and forensics, and I was taking courses in law and jurisprudence.’
    law, body of laws, constitution, rules, rulings, regulations, acts, bills, statutes, enactments, charters, ordinances, measures, canon, code
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    1. 1.1A legal system.
      ‘American jurisprudence’
      • ‘In fact, Michigan started the downward trend in takings jurisprudence.’
      • ‘The jurisprudence of capital punishment imposes a tremendous burden on jurors.’
      • ‘The developing jurisprudence in relation to Article 6 suggests that a reasoned decision is a concomitant to a fair hearing.’
      • ‘Supreme Court jurisprudence on journalist privileges has been both limited and confusing.’
      • ‘Is there any apt analogies with our thinking about the common law or European jurisprudence at all?’
      • ‘I would add that in European jurisprudence and in domestic practice this is a strong rule.’
      • ‘This is a topic which highlights some of the difficulties which are created if the claimants' views of European jurisprudence are right.’
      • ‘In American jurisprudence this is called judicial legislation.’
      • ‘The third commandment also historically shaped American law and jurisprudence.’
      • ‘Well, it would be in a whole new jurisprudence so far as the prosecution of Commonwealth offences were concerned in this country.’
      • ‘It is inconsistent with our jurisprudence, it is inconsistent with that of other common law countries.’
      • ‘Surely, there is some useful text on the European jurisprudence.’
      • ‘It comes out of the human rights jurisprudence in Europe.’
      • ‘The right to life has been a fruitful source of environmental jurisprudence in several national jurisdictions, especially India.’
      • ‘We turn to consider the Strasbourg jurisprudence.’
      • ‘The Strasbourg jurisprudence is clear and consistent.’
      • ‘We must convince our legislators to place roadblocks in the almost criminal misuse of American jurisprudence.’
      • ‘In a democratic country like India, there is a well-defined Constitution, jurisprudence and other laws.’
      • ‘I would have thought that Gazzo was a conspicuous page in the Court's jurisprudence…’
      • ‘The approach under the Strasbourg jurisprudence and under English domestic law is the same.’
      law, laws, body of law, rules, regulations, constitution, system, charter, canon, jurisprudence
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Early 17th century: from late Latin jurisprudentia, from Latin jus, jur- law + prudentia knowledge.