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[Late Latin jurisprudentia knowledge of or skill in law, from Latin juris, genitive of jus right, law + prudentia wisdom, proficiency]
1 a : a system or body of law [in the federal ]
: a body of law dealing with a specific issue or area [labor ]
b : the course of court decisions as distinguished from legislation and doctrine [the decided under the source provisions "Louisiana Civil Code"]
2 : the science or philosophy of law [they have no theories of but…decide each case on its facts "R. H. Bork"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.