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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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In contrast to the simple model of Yacc, the sophisticated method of Rohrich [1980] allows for (almost) fully automatic error recovery.
Productions not only have semantic actions as allowed in yacc (in the form of C source code) but also have rule translations.
NewYacc rule translations are contained in the square brackets (the usual yacc actions, if there were any, would still be given as C source code within braces).
Grammar symbols are described just as in normal yacc productions, where a key symbol (here # instead of symbol $) followed by an integer i identifies the ith term of the production.
This list gives the desired target pattern in terms of the yacc source production.
Here yyparse() is called just as in the original yacc system, except that it returns a pointer to the constructed parse dag.