1. Pandects A digest of Roman civil law, compiled for the emperor Justinian in the sixth century AD and part of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Also called Digest.
2. The definitive statement of a legal rule.
[Latin pandectēs, encyclopedia, from Greek pandektēs, all-receiving : pan-, pan- + dektēs, receiver (from dekhesthai, to receive, accept; see dek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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