Definition of pandect in English:


Syllabification: pan·dect
Pronunciation: /ˈpanˌdekt


chiefly • historical
  • 1A complete body of the laws of a country.
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    • Its chief products included one-volume bibles (pandects) specifically made for export to other centres, thus disseminating the elegant Tours script and decorated initials.
    • Although other centres such as Lorsch, Micy, and Metz also produced single-volume pandects, it was more usual for individual books or groups of books of the Bible to be copied.
    • These new pandects were authorized and signed by eleven peers, twenty-five general officers, and fifty superior officers.
  • 1.1 (usually the Pandects) A compendium in 50 books of the Roman civil law made by order of Justinian in the 6th century.
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    • Yet even in England the principles of the Code and the Pandects made silent conquests.
    • This year of 1147 is one to be remembered, because from that time forward the Pandects have been open to the writers and the jurists of the world.



Pronunciation: /panˈdektist/
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  • The German civil code was later; the pandectists, including Savigny, had had another century to refine their ideas.
  • A strong argument may also be made that the pandectist jurisprudence of Continental Europe presents an example of the use of doctrinal expositions as primary sources of law.
  • One researcher presented a reconstruction of the Roman political system orientated around the premises of the contemporary pandectist system.


mid 16th century: from French pandecte, from Latin pandecta, from Greek pandektēs 'all-receiver', from pan 'all' + dektēs (from dekhesthai 'receive').

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