ju·ris·pru·dence /ˌju̇r-əs-'prüd-əns/ n [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 jurisprudence; esp: a body of law dealing with a specific issue or area
labor jurisprudence
b: the course of court decisions as distinguished from legislation and doctrine
the jurisprudence decided under the source provisionsLouisiana Civil Code
2: the science or philosophy of law
they have no theories of jurisprudence but...decide each case on its facts — R. H. Bork
ju·ris·pru·den·tial /ˌju̇r-əs-prü-'den-chəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun body of laws, corpus juris, doctrines of lawmaking, iuns prudentia, knowledge of law, legal code, legal learning, legal philosophy, legal practice, legal precedent, legal science, nomography, nomology, philosophy of law, science of law, science of legal relations, system of laws foreign phrases:
- Scire leges non hoc est verba earum tenere, sed vim ac potestatem. — To know the laws is not to observe their words alone, but their force and power
- Cessante ratione legis, cessat et ipsa lex. — Where the reason for a law ceases, the law itself also ceases
- Jurisprudentia est dlvinarum atque humanarum rerum notMa, justiatque injusti scientia. — Jurisprudence is the knowledge of things divine and human, the science of what is just and unjust
II index law

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) The philosophy or science of law.
(2) The body of law formed by cases and interpretations of them; a system of law.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. the study of law in the philosophical sense, considering questions like 'what is law?' There are many schools of thought, the leading ones being natural law, positivism and realism. Sometimes a body of thought is known by the name of a particular legal philosopher, e.g. Hartian jurisprudence and Kelsinian jurisprudence.
2. the decisions of the courts, more often seen in civilian systems, since in Anglo-American systems the phrase 'the common law' has this meaning.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The study and philosophy of law and the legal system.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The study of the fundamental structure of a particular legal system or of legal systems in general.
2 A body of case law serving as precedent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

From the Latin term juris prudentia, which means "the study, knowledge, or science of law"; in the United States, more broadly associated with the philosophy of law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

From the Latin term juris prudentia, which means "the study, knowledge, or science of law"; in the United States, more broadly associated with the philosophy of law.
II The study of law and the structure of the legal system.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the entire subject of law, the study of law and legal questions.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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