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ju·ris·pru·dence  audio  (jrs-prdns) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The philosophy or science of law.
  2. A division or department of law: medical jurisprudence.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin irisprdentia : Latin iris, genitive of is, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots + Latin prdentia, knowledge (from prdns, prdent-, knowing; see prudent)

OTHER FORMS:
juris·pru·dential  (-pr-dnshl) KEY (Adjective), juris·pru·dential·ly(Adverb)


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