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From French brocard, cognate with Medieval Latin brocarda, brocardicorum opus, a collection of canonical laws written by the bishop Burchard of Worms.
brocard (plural brocards)
- (law) A legal principle usually expressed in Latin, traditionally used to concisely express a wider legal concept or rule.
- 1860, The Journal of Jurisprudence, Edinburgh, vol. IV, p. 414:
- The other question was as to the proper legal meaning of the brocard, "heres heredis mei est heres meus."
- 1853, Samuel Owen, The New York Legal Observer, vol. XI, pp. 73-4:
- Blackstone, with a like tenderness of conscience, endeavors to withdraw a single case, a sale of provisions, from the old brocard caveat emptor, and tells us that in such a contract there is a warranty that the provisions are wholesome.
A legal principle usually expressed in Latin
brocard m (plural brocards)
- mockery, ridicule