court

(noun) A formal institution that has the power to make decisions (judgments) based on law  and the coercive power of authority to enforce those decisions.

Example: The Supreme Court of United States.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: courts
  • In contrast to a court, a moot is similar but informal.
  • Also called:
    • court of justice
    • court of law
    • law court (lawcourt)

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