Definition of per curiam in English:

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per curiam

Pronunciation: /ˌpər ˈkyo͝orēəm/


By decision of a judge, or of a court in unanimous agreement.
Example sentences
  • While law geeks everywhere were focused on the nomination today, it is worth noting that the Supreme Court issued two per curiam summary reversals this morning.
  • Tradition holds that the court's per curiam opinion in such ties is usually very, very terse, often consisting of no more than a single sentence: ‘The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.’
  • The court of appeals affirmed per curiam a dismissal by the district court for want of subject matter jurisdiction.


A per curiam decision: in only a few cases did the panel publish a per curiam


Latin, literally 'by a court'.

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Syllabification: per cu·ri·am

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