Definition of 'common law'
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In court there is no such thing as a common law marriage. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He insisted that common law and statute did allow for exceptional circumstances. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The law does not provide for interest or inflationary adjustments and no basis in common law exists either. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The common law and jury system became the heart of British justice. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He soon established a large general common law practice, specialising in personal injury and insurance law. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Common law needs common sense. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The defence has existed in common law from times when women were unable to own property and so were deemed more susceptible to pressure from their husbands. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The common law system rests on what the judge thinks, and that can change on any given day, with any different judge. The Sun (2012)
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Translations for 'common law'
British English: common law NOUN
Common law is the system of law which is based on judges' decisions and on custom rather than on written laws.
...the unwritten constitution enshrined in common law.
- American English: common law
- Brazilian Portuguese: lei consuetudinária
- Chinese: 习惯法
- European Spanish: derecho consuetudinario
- French: droit coutumier
- German: Gewohnheitsrecht
- Italian: diritto consuetudinario
- Japanese: 慣習法
- Korean: 관습법
- European Portuguese: direito consuetudinário
- Spanish: derecho consuetudinario
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