Meaning of martial law in English:

martial law


mass noun
  • Military government, involving the suspension of ordinary law.

    ‘unlike the previous military interventions, the general did not declare martial law’
    • ‘This may be considered military law which should not be confused with the term martial law.’
    • ‘There is a state of emergency or martial law; there are military cordons and official broadcasts.’
    • ‘Sometimes, the military rules directly and calls it martial law.’
    • ‘Even to the pillars of our society, the days of hiding behind civil law, martial law and cannon law are gone.’
    • ‘In response, Charles imposed martial law and applied it to soldiers and civilians alike.’
    • ‘Afterwards a state of emergency will be declared and martial law instituted.’
    • ‘Sometime in the past some giant disaster had caused martial law to be declared.’
    • ‘The following day, martial law was declared and the troops rolled in.’
    • ‘The Government has responded by declaring martial law and pouring thousands more troops into the region.’
    • ‘The military had been sent to keep martial law, but because of the wars, they were pulled out.’
    • ‘The town was closed to journalists while fresh troops were brought in and martial law declared.’
    • ‘Nor do we declare martial law to keep our people from voting for the kind of government they want.’
    • ‘The state of civilian emergency can be upgraded to a state of military emergency, under which martial law can be imposed.’
    • ‘Some military leaders and others believe that martial law must be imposed, but this offers little comfort.’
    • ‘She did not say if the end of martial law would mean the end of major military operations in the province.’
    • ‘Moreover, it considers that the crimes occurred at a time of civil war, and thus fall under martial law.’
    • ‘He criticised martial law but warned of bloodshed and civil war, counselling patience rather than defiance.’
    • ‘We were still deep in the repression of martial law, or post-martial law.’
    • ‘Instead he is talking of changing legislation to allow the imposition of martial law.’
    • ‘The general wanted to impose martial law, but the president opposed it.’


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