Definition of pandect in English:

pandect

Line breaks: pan|dect
Pronunciation: /ˈpandɛkt
 
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noun

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.

Derivatives

pandectist

noun
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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.

Origin

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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