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maritime law n
: law that relates to commerce and navigation on the high seas and other navigable waters and that is administered by the admiralty courts NOTE: Article III of the U.S. Constitution confers the power to hear cases of maritime law on the federal courts.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.