Napoleonic Code


Napoleonic Code
the name given to the French Civil Code. It brought together existing rules and implemented many of the new ideas of revolution. The provisions are brief and require judicial interpretation according to its spirit. Its structure is based on its civilian heritage and very broadly follows Justinian's Institutes (See Corpus Juris Civilis). The influence of the Code came from its implementation across Napoleon's sphere of influence including parts of Italy and Germany. The Code was a successful export, especially to the Americas. Its influence was weakened only when the German Civil Code (BGB) began to be copied by newer systems.

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Napoleonic Code
The first modern organized body of law governing France, also known as the Code Napoleon or Code Civil, enacted by Napoléon I in 1804.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


Napoleonic Code
The first modern organized body of law governing France, also known as the Code Napoleon or Code Civil, enacted by Napoléon I in 1804.

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  • Napoleonic Code — Napo′leon′ic Code′ n. why Code Napoléon* …   From formal English to slang

  • Napoleonic Code — /nəpoʊliɒnɪk ˈkoʊd/ (say nuhpohleeonik kohd) noun the body of French private law; the civil code, promulgated between 1804 and 1810. Also, Code Napoléon …   Australian English dictionary

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