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noun [uncountable] legal     common law pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    the system of law that has developed from customs and judgesdecisions instead of from laws made by politicians. The set of laws made by politicians is called statute law.
  2. 2
    the system of law used in the US that is based on English law
    See also civil law
  3. 3
    a historical system of inflexible laws used in England from the 11th century


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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