Twelve Tables

The earliest statute or code of Roman law, framed by a commission of ten men, B.C. 450, upon the return of a commission of three who had been sent abroad to study foreign laws and institutions.
The Twelve Tables consisted partly of laws transcribed from the institutions of other nations, partly of such as were altered and accommodated to the manners of the Romans, partly of new provisions, and mainly, perhaps, of laws and usages under their ancient kings. They formed the source and foundation for the whole later development of Roman jurisprudence. They exist now only in fragmentary form.
See 1 Kent.Comm. 520.
These laws were substantially a codification, and not merely an incorporation, of the customary law of the people. There were Greek elements in them, but still they were essentially Roman

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Twelve Tables — Twelve Twelve, a. [OE. twelve, twelf, AS. twelf; akin to OFries. twelf, twelef, twilif, OS. twelif, D. twaalf, G. zw[ o]lf, OHG. zwelif, Icel. t[=o]lf, Sw. tolf, Dan. tolv, Goth. twalif, from the root of E. two + the same element as in the second …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Twelve Tables — plural noun The earliest code of Roman law, civil, criminal and religious, made by the decemvirs in 451–449BC • • • Main Entry: ↑twelve …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Twelve tables — Table Ta ble, n. [F., fr. L. tabula a board, tablet, a painting. Cf. {Tabular}, {Taffrail}, {Tavern}.] 1. A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab. [1913 Webster] A bagnio paved with fair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Twelve Tables — /twɛlv ˈteɪbəls/ (say twelv taybuhls) plural noun the, the tablets on which were engraved short statements of Roman law most important in the affairs of daily life, drawn up by the decemvirs in 451 and 450 BC …   Australian English dictionary

  • Twelve Tables, Law of the — Earliest codification of ancient Roman law, traditionally dated to 451–450 BC. They were purportedly written at the demand of the plebeians, who felt that their legal rights were hampered by the fact that court judgments were rendered according… …   Universalium

  • Twelve — Twelve, a. [OE. twelve, twelf, AS. twelf; akin to OFries. twelf, twelef, twilif, OS. twelif, D. twaalf, G. zw[ o]lf, OHG. zwelif, Icel. t[=o]lf, Sw. tolf, Dan. tolv, Goth. twalif, from the root of E. two + the same element as in the second part… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Tables of a chord — Table Ta ble, n. [F., fr. L. tabula a board, tablet, a painting. Cf. {Tabular}, {Taffrail}, {Tavern}.] 1. A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab. [1913 Webster] A bagnio paved with fair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tables of a girder — Table Ta ble, n. [F., fr. L. tabula a board, tablet, a painting. Cf. {Tabular}, {Taffrail}, {Tavern}.] 1. A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab. [1913 Webster] A bagnio paved with fair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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