Definition of jurisprudence in English:


Syllabification: ju·ris·pru·dence
Pronunciation: /ˌjo͝orisˈpro͞odns


  • 1The theory or philosophy of law.
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    • Only Richard Hooker can count as a precursor, and then merely in one limited branch of philosophy, that of jurisprudence.
    • Born in Lisbon, he studied history, philosophy, and jurisprudence at the University of Lisbon.
    • For the Muslim Brothers, the Sharia is the sole source of legislation and jurisprudence.
  • 1.1A legal system: American jurisprudence
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    • Is there any apt analogies with our thinking about the common law or European jurisprudence at all?
    • In a democratic country like India, there is a well-defined Constitution, jurisprudence and other laws.
    • It is inconsistent with our jurisprudence, it is inconsistent with that of other common law countries.



adjective & noun
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  • A jurisprudent is bound by his juridical reasoning as long as he doesn't see new evidence or come up with a new argument.
  • Do you think it would be prudent to get the opinion of some leading lawyers, or some academic jurisprudents?
  • But he affirms the guardianship of the jurisprudent in ‘social affairs.’


Pronunciation: /-pro͞oˈdenCHəl/
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  • There is a statutory and jurisprudential procedure to be followed in adjudicating this application, because of the competing rights and interests.
  • Based on the jurisprudential and scholarly contributions of national law and international case law, a few distinctions will be set out below.
  • The excerpts from Oscar Schachter's book offer jurisprudential and political views about the nature of international law.


early 17th century: from late Latin jurisprudentia, from Latin jus, jur- 'law' + prudentia 'knowledge'.

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