criminal law vs civil law

criminal law civil law


  • 1) law The area of law pertaining to crime and punishment.
  • 2) Law that deals with crimes and their punishments.
  • 3) the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment


  • 1) law The body of law dealing with the private relations between members of a community; it contrasts with criminal law, military law and ecclesiastical law.
  • 2) law Roman law based on the Corpus Juris Civilis; it contrasts with common law.
  • 3) The law determining private rights and liabilities, as opposed to criminal law and other public law.
  • 4) A system of law having its origin in Roman law, as opposed to common law or canon law.
  • 5) The body of law of a state or nation governing the behavior of individuals and corporations.
  • 6) The law of ancient Rome as embodied in the Justinian code, especially that which applied to private citizens.
  • 7) the legal code of ancient Rome; codified under Justinian; the basis for many modern systems of civil law
  • 8) the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation

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