common law - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] legal 

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  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