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n. A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.


Any system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals.


A systematic subject compilation of laws. Statutes and regulations are initially published chronologically in the order they are enacted. A code compiles all the statutes or regulations pertaining to a particular subject (e.g., the California Penal Code or Title 26 of the United States Code containing statutes relating to taxation). Code civil or Code Napoleon, a code enacted in France in 1804, embodying the law of rights of persons and of property generally.

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