Definition of pandect in US English:



  • 1A complete body of the laws of a country.

    • ‘They indifferently accepted the German Pandect law as the common law of Germany.’
    • ‘To say Latin ‘Bible’ is to mis-speak because pandects or works with all of the biblical books gathered together in one place were rare.’
    • ‘Although other centres such as Lorsch, Micy, and Metz also produced single-volume pandects, it was more usual for individual books or groups of books of the Bible to be copied.’
    • ‘These new pandects were authorized and signed by eleven peers, twenty-five general officers, and fifty superior officers.’
    • ‘Its chief products included one-volume bibles (pandects) specifically made for export to other centres, thus disseminating the elegant Tours script and decorated initials.’
    1. 1.1usually the Pandects A compendium in 50 books of the Roman civil law made by order of Justinian in the 6th century.
      • ‘Yet even in England the principles of the Code and the Pandects made silent conquests.’
      • ‘This year of 1147 is one to be remembered, because from that time forward the Pandects have been open to the writers and the jurists of the world.’


Mid 16th century: from French pandecte, from Latin pandecta, from Greek pandektēs ‘all-receiver’, from pan ‘all’ + dektēs (from dekhesthai ‘receive’).