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1. Pandects A digest of Roman civil law, compiled for the emperor Justinian in the sixth century ad and part of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Also called Digest.
2. The definitive statement of a legal rule.

[Latin pandectēs, encyclopedia, from Greek pandektēs, all-receiving : pan-, pan- + dektēs, receiver (from dekhesthai, to receive, accept; see dek- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a treatise covering all aspects of a particular subject
2. (Law) (often plural) the complete body of laws of a country; legal code
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek pandektēs containing everything, from pan- + dektēs receiver, from dekhesthai to receive]


(ˈpæn dɛkt)

1. pandects, a complete body or code of laws: the Pandects of Justinian.
2. any complete and comprehensive digest.
[1525–35; < Late Latin Pandectēs < Greek pandéktēs=pan- pan- + déktēs receiver, container, encyclopedia]

pandect, pandects

a legal code or complete body or system of laws.
See also: Law
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They have provided a system which for terse comprehensiveness surpasses Justinian's Pandects and the By-laws of the Chinese Society for the Suppression of Meddling with other People's Business.
7 (quoting JOHN AYLIFFE, A NEW PANDECT OF ROMAN CIVIL LAW 195 (1734) ("'Yet a Person might keep Arms in his House, or on his Estate, on the Account of Hunting, Navigation, Travelling, and on the Score of Selling them in the way of Trade or Commerce, or such Arms as accrued to him by way of Inheritance.
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How many federal district court judges, not to mention city municipal court officers, (472) have the time or ability to consult and consider John Ayliffe's 1734 treatise A New Pandect of Roman Civil Law, or John Brydall's 1704 work Privilegia Magnatud apud Anglos, both of which were cited and quoted in Heller?
The information on the prefectural minimum wage was obtained from the Pandect of Minimum Wage Determination (Saitei Tingin Kettei Yoran), which is published every year.
This anthology serves as testament to the virtue that authoring of our world(s) comes in a pandect of forms, a matrix of experiences as this anthology exemplifies.
Stability and support operations are not, within the pandect of modern conflict, considered war at all but "military operations other than war," or MOOTW (pronounced mootwah).
The extant archetype, according to Williams, of Spanish medieval biblical production is a late one: the illuminated pandect known as Real Colegiata de San Isidoro in Leon (Codex 2), which surfaced in 960.
The Wiwa decision holds the promise of moving at least some courts closer to appreciation of a body of law that will increasingly influence, and be influenced by, a large portion of the federal pandect.