law of nations


law of nations
law of na·tions: jus gentium

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

law of nations
The body of customary rules that determine the rights and that regulate the intercourse of independent countries in peace and war.

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


law of nations
The body of customary rules that determine the rights and that regulate the intercourse of independent countries in peace and war.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Law of nations — Law Law (l[add]), n. [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. l[ o]g, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • law of nations — n. INTERNATIONAL LAW * * * …   Universalium

  • law of nations — n. INTERNATIONAL LAW …   English World dictionary

  • Law of nations — Nation Na tion, n. [F. nation, L. natio nation, race, orig., a being born, fr. natus, p. p. of nasci, to be born, for gnatus, gnasci, from the same root as E. kin. [root]44. See {Kin} kindred, and cf. {Cognate}, {Natal}, {Native}.] 1. (Ethnol.) A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • law of nations — law′ of na′tions n. law international law • Etymology: 1540–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • law of nations — noun the body of laws governing relations between nations (Freq. 6) • Syn: ↑international law • Ant: ↑civil law (for: ↑international law) • Topics: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • law of nations — international law, regulations accepted by developed nations …   English contemporary dictionary

  • law of nations — noun Law international law …   English new terms dictionary

  • law of nations — Date: circa 1548 international law …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • law of nations. — See international law. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium


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