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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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (http://wordnet.princeton.edu/wordnet/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

 

How to Cite the Definition of Court

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “court.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/court/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

court. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/court/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “court.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/court/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“court.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/court/>.