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code n

[Old French, from Medieval Latin codex, from Latin caudex codex tree trunk, set of wood writing tablets, book]
1 : a systematic compilation or revision of law or legal principles that is arranged esp. by subject: as
a : one that contains the law of a specific jurisdiction or topic promulgated by legislative authority [U.S. Code] [Code of Massachusetts Regulations] [building ] see also Important Laws in the back matter compare case law, digest, statute
b : one that serves as a model for legislation but is not itself a law [Model Penal Code]
2 : a set of rules or regulations that is promulgated by a body (as a professional organization) and that regulates its industrial or professional practices [ABA Code of Professional Responsibility]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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