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CESSATION OF LAW

The termination of a positive human law in consequence of a new law replacing the old, or of legitimate custom with years of uninterrupted observance contrary to the law, or where a given law, still on the books, no longer serves its original purpose or is even harmful to the people.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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