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Codify \Co"di*fy\ (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Codified; p. pr. & vb. n. Codifying.] [Code + -fy: cf. F. codifier.] To reduce to a code, as laws.


vb. (en-past of: codify)


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adj. enacted by a legislative body; "statute law"; "codified written laws" [syn: statute(p)]

  1. v. organize into a code or system, such as a body of law; "Hamurabi codified the laws"

  2. [also: codified]

Usage examples of "codified".

Grammar, with its mixture of logical rule and arbitrary usage, proposes to a young mind a foretaste of what will be offered to him later on by law and ethics, those sciences of human conduct, and by all the systems wherein man has codified his instinctive experience.

For the first time in centuries, the law of Rome would be codified, interpreted and enforced by the best man for the task.

With the pressure on corporate profits that began in the early 1970s came a big attack on the whole social contract that had developed through a century of struggle and had been kind of codified around the end of the Second World War with the New Deal and the European social welfare states and so on.

All that arcane business about planets ascendant in this or that solar or lunar ‘house’ or the ‘Age of Aquarius’ comes from Ptolemy, who codified the Babylonian astrological tradition.

He tried various oval-like curves, calculated away, made some arithmetical mistakes (which caused him at first to reject the correct answer) and months later in some desperation tried the formula for an ellipse, first codified in the Alexandrian Library by Apollonius of Perga.

He was the first to prove geometric theorems of the sort codified by Euclid three centuries later - for example, the proposition that the angles at the base of an isosceles triangle are equal.

It was simply that, as Joseph Campbell explained, the rise of the first early states was marked by an explosion of codified mythologiesan enormous differentiation/integration of mythic motifsand Habermas's point is that these mythologies became a large part of the integrating structures for society (i.

Everything that needed to be said had already been said, they feltfirst in the Old Testament, then in the still-being-drawn-up New Testament, and codified in the Canon and the Apostles' Creed, a series of beliefs without any reference to actual experience.

It was altogether extroverted, and brought always in its wake an optimism that would over and over again be codified in the phrase "This is the best of all possible worlds" (meaning that it all comes straight from God and expresses Goodness).

Jordan might have been an early engineer or captain who codified the common sense and almost instinctive rules for running the Ship.

As a citizen, I call on the Administration to act forcefully in this matter and I remind them that the situation is not one which could possibly have been foreseen by the wise men who drew up the Covenant and codified our basic customs.

The Roman Church has, in its incomparable fashion, collected all the motives towards asceticism together, and so codified them that any one wishing to pursue Christian perfection may find a practical system mapped out for him in any one of a number of ready-made manuals.

But whenever a procedure is codified, the more delicate spirit of it evaporates, and if we wish the undiluted ascetic spirit,—the passion of self-contempt wreaking itself on the poor flesh, the divine irrationality of devotion making a sacrificial gift of all it has (its sensibilities, namely) to the object of its adoration,—we must go to autobiographies, or other individual documents.

He had been hearing them for some time, but had not codified the cacophony.