[kom-uh n-law] /ˈkɒm ənˈlɔ/
of, relating to, or established by common law:
a common-law spouse.
the system of law originating in England, as distinct from the civil or Roman law and the canon or ecclesiastical law.
the unwritten law, especially of England, based on custom or court decision, as distinct from statute law.
the law administered through the system of courts established for the purpose, as distinct from equity or admiralty.
the body of law based on judicial decisions and custom, as distinct from statute law
the law of a state that is of general application, as distinct from regional customs
(modifier) common-law. denoting a marriage deemed to exist after a couple have cohabited for several years: common-law marriage, common-law wife
mid-14c., “the customary and unwritten laws of England as embodied in commentaries and old cases” (see common (adj.)), as opposed to statute law. Phrase common law marriage is attested from 1909.
Law developed in the course of time from the rulings of judges, as opposed to law embodied in statutes passed by legislatures (statutory law) or law embodied in a written constitution (constitutional law). (See stare decisis.)
Note: The importance of common law is particularly stressed in the legal system of Britain, on which the legal system of the United States is based.
- Common-law marriage
noun 1. a marriage without a civil or ecclesiastical ceremony, generally resulting from an agreement to marry followed by the couple’s living together. A legal marriage brought about by the cohabitation of a man and a woman, or by their agreement to consider themselves married, rather than by a wedding. (See common law.)
- Common lisp
language A dialect of Lisp defined by a consortium of companies brought together in 1981 by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Companies included Symbolics, Lisp Machines, Inc., Digital Equipment Corporation, Bell Labs., Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Lawrence Livermore Labs., Carnegie-Mellon University, Stanford University, Yale, MIT and USC Berkeley. Common Lisp is lexically scoped by default […]
- Common lisp in parallel
language, parallel (CLIP) A version of Common LISP from Allegro for the Sequent Symmetry. (1994-12-12)
- Common lisp object system
language (CLOS) An object-oriented extension to Common LISP, based on generic functions, multiple inheritance, declarative method combination and a meta-object protocol. A descendant of CommonLoops and based on Symbolics FLAVORS and Xerox LOOPS, among others. See also PCL. [“Common LISP Object System Specification X3J13 Document 88-002R”, D.G. Bobrow et al, SIGPLAN Notices 23, Sep 1988]. […]