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[Latin, Law.] In medieval Jurisprudence ,a body or collection of various laws peculiar to a given nation or people; not a code in the modern sense, but an aggregation or collection of laws not codified or systematized. Also, a similar collection of laws relating to a general subject, and not peculiar to any one people.

In modern U.S. and English jurisprudence this term signifies a system or body of laws, written or unwritten, applicable to a particular case or question regarded as local or unique to a particular state, country, or jurisdiction.

See: act, canon, code, enactment, law, provision, statute, term


a system or body of laws or a particular specified law.

LEX. The law. A law for the government of mankind in society. Among the ancient Romans, this word was frequently used as synonymous with right, jus. When put absolutely, lex meant the Law of the Twelve Tables.

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Et si dicatis, ergo omnis lex humana est divina, si derivatur ab illa, negatur consequentia, quia intelligo quod non repugnet illi, et dirigit ad hoc quod serventur leges divinae, et quod aliquo modo deriventur ab illa, quia in syllogismo practico oportet ponere maiorem ex lege naturali vel divina>>.
Quia enim leges ponuntur imperfectis oportet quod possint ferre>>.
1: <<Utrum fuerit utile aliquas leges poni ab hominibus.
63] ille enim fuit qui dedit leges Moysi ut tradderet Haebreis Exodi.
hinc etiam per nostram assertionem leges regiae quae hoc disponunt in nobilibus habent etiam locum in doctoribus.
55 See, for example, Melanchthon, 301, where he quotes from Lucretius, De rerum natura, 2:1055 and uses both the expressions leges motuum and leges naturae but argues that such laws require a creative mind.
Hemmingsen's De Lege Naturae was first published in Wittenberg
Hemmingsen's purpose in writing De Lege Naturae cannot be