martial law

noun
the body of law imposed by the military over civilian affairs (usually in time of war or civil crisis); overrides civil law
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Hypernyms: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence

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noun [noncount]
: control of an area by military forces rather than by the police

The government has imposed/declared martial law throughout the city to stop the riots.

an area placed under martial law

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ˌmartial ˈlaw [martial law] noun uncountable
a situation where the army of a country controls an area instead of the police during a time of trouble

to

declare/impose/lift martial law

The city remains firmly

under martial law

.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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