jurisprudence, law, legal philosophy(noun)
the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
the collection of rules imposed by authority
"civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
The philosophy, science, and study of law and decisions based on the interpretation thereof
Origin: Latin iurisprudentia
the science of juridical law; the knowledge of the laws, customs, and rights of men in a state or community, necessary for the due administration of justice
Origin: [L. jurisprudentia; jus, juris, right, law + prudentia a foreseeing, knowledge of a matter, prudence: cf. F. jurisprudence. See Just, a., and Prudence.]
Jurisprudence is the study and theory of law. Scholars of jurisprudence, or legal theorists, hope to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of law, of legal reasoning, legal systems and of legal institutions. Modern jurisprudence began in the 18th century and was focused on the first principles of the natural law, civil law, and the law of nations. General jurisprudence can be broken into categories both by the type of question scholars seek to answer and by the theories of jurisprudence, or schools of thought, regarding how those questions are best answered. Contemporary philosophy of law, which deals with general jurisprudence, addresses problems in two rough groups: ⁕ Problems internal to law and legal systems as such. ⁕ Problems of law as a particular social institution as it relates to the larger political and social situation in which it exists. Answers to these questions come from four primary schools of thought in general jurisprudence: ⁕Natural law is the idea that there are rational objective limits to the power of legislative rulers. The foundations of law are accessible through human reason and it is from these laws of nature that human-created laws gain whatever force they have.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jōō-ris-prōō′dens, n. the science or knowledge of law.—adj. Jurispru′dent, learned in law.—n. one who is learned in law.—adj. Jurispruden′tial.—Medical jurisprudence, forensic medicine (see Forensic). [Fr.—L., jurisprudentia—jus, juris, law, prudentia, knowledge.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The science or philosophy of law. Also, the application of the principles of law and justice to health and medicine.
The numerical value of jurisprudence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of jurisprudence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Those early years, when a justice is establishing his or her jurisprudence and style, are particularly challenging.
It will have enormous impact on future jurisprudence and on the perceived legitimacy of other claims in the South China Sea and around the world.
Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court.
Judge Gorsuch had the privilege of clerking on the Supreme Court, where he observed justices who had been on the court for decades as well as justices, like Justice Thomas, who was just beginning, those early years, when a justice is establishing his or her jurisprudence and style, are particularly challenging.
I have some real doubts about He has been a judge who has favored the wealthy interests over the middle class, judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court.
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Translations for jurisprudence
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- retsvidenskab, juraDanish
- Rechtsprechung, JurisprudenzGerman
- philosophie du droitFrench
- znajomość prawaPolish
- законоведениеn, юриспруде́нция, правове́дение, пра́воRussian
- jurisprudens, rättsvetenskapSwedish
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