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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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The lege will dawdle on school financing until the courts force them to do something.
A sales tax/property tax swap is that rare and happy animal at the Lege, an absolutely terrible policy idea that has even worse politics (and exactly zero chance of passing).
40] Sic etiam Plato navigavit in Siciliam futurum sperans ut philosophiae decreta leges et facra gigneret in Dionisii negociis verum repent Dionisium ceu librum litteris egentem ac maculis mendisque plenum nec remittentem Tyrannidis tincturam qua longo jam tempore fuerat imbutus.
63] ille enim fuit qui dedit leges Moysi ut tradderet Haebreis Exodi.
Hoc leges statuit, expensas disponit et concedit, hoc gratias et dona largitur, hoc cunctos officiales et in urbe et in districtu ac locis eis subditis eligit, mutat et revocat, et qui in illo non fiunt, ab inferioribus sua auctoritate instituuntur.
56) Breaking the bonds of fate, Pius explains in his comments, meant "altering the natural laws" ("mutat leges naturales").