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SENATUS CONSULTUM, civ. law. A decree or decision of the Roman senate, which had the force of law.
     2. When the Roman people had so increased that there was no place where they could meet, it was found necessary to consult the senate instead of the people, both on public affairs and those which related to individuals. The opinion which was rendered on such an occasion was called senatus consultum. Inst. 1, 2, 5; Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.; Merl. Repert. h.t. These decrees frequently derived their titles from the names of the consuls or magistrates who proposed them; as, senatus-consultum Claudianum, Libonianum, Velleianum, &c. from Claudius, Libonius, Valleius. Ail. Pand. 30.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This assertion is based ultimately on the name-order of senators listed as present at the redaction of two senatus consulta, the SC de Bacchanalibus of 186 and the SC de Mytilenaeis of 25.
Ast si potestas par maiorve prohibissit, senatus consulta perscripta servanto.