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
Code of Massachusetts Regulations
building code 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

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

I noun arrangement of statutes, body of laws, bylaw, canon, capitulary, charter, civil code, codification, codified law, collection, collection of laws, collection of statutes, compilation, compilation of law, compilation of laws, constitution, corpus juris, digest, enactment, enactment of rules, established law, established order, firm principle, formulary, formulation, guide, guideline, laws, legal code, legislation, lex, maxim, model, norm, ordinance, precedent, precept, precepts, prescript, prescription, principles, regulation by law, regulation by statute, regulations, rubric, rules, ruling, settled law, standard, statute, statute book, statute law, subsidiary law, system of law, system of rules, written constitution, written law associated concepts: building code, civil code, code of criminal procedure, code of ethics, code of fair competition, Code of Hammurabi, code of judicial conduct, code of law, code of procedure, code of professional responsibility, code pleading, criminal code, ethics code, Napoleonic code, penal code, probate code foreign phrases:
- Ad ea quae frequentlus accidunt jura adaptantur. — Laws are adapted to those cases which most commonly occur
II index act (enactment), bylaw, canon, conduct, criterion, digest, ethics, jargon (technical language), law, ordinance, pandect (code of laws), precept, protocol (etiquette), regulation (rule), rubric (authoritative rule), rule (guide), rule (legal dictate), statute

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A systematic collection of laws, regulations, or rules.

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


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A systematic collection of written laws gathered together, often grouped by subject matter. A state may have separate codes such as a civil code, corporations code, evidence code, penal code, and so forth.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 A systematized collection of regulations, rules, or statutes of a particular jurisdiction.
2 A systematized collection of all statutes, or a single comprehensive statute, dealing with one area of the law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A systematic and comprehensive compilation of laws, rules, or regulations that are consolidated and classified according to subject matter.

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

A systematic and comprehensive compilation of laws, rules, or regulations that are consolidated and classified according to subject matter.

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

   a collection of written laws gathered together, usually covering specific subject matter. Thus, a state may have a civil code, corporations code, education code, evidence code, health and safety codes, insurance code, labor code, motor vehicle code, penal code, revenue and taxation code, and so forth. Federal statutes which deal with legal matters are grouped together in codes. There are also statutes which are not codified. Despite their apparent permanence, codes are constantly being amended by legislative bodies. Some codes are administrative and have the force of law even though they were created and adopted by regulatory agencies and are not actually statutes or laws.
   See also: law, statute

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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