1. [syn: international law, law of nations]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
International \In`ter*na"tion*al\, a. [Pref. inter- + national:
cf. F. international.]
1. Between or among nations; pertaining to the intercourse of
nations; participated in by two or more nations; common
to, or affecting, two or more nations.
2. Of or concerning the association called the International.
3. Independent of national boundaries; common to all people;
as, the atmosphere is an international resource; the
international community of scholars.
International code (Naut.), a common system of signaling
adopted by nearly all maritime nations, whereby
communication may be had between vessels at sea.
International copyright. See under Copyright.
International law, the rules regulating the mutual
intercourse of nations. International law is mainly the
product of the conditions from time to time of
international intercourse, being drawn from diplomatic
discussion, textbooks, proof of usage, and from recitals
in treaties. It is called public when treating of the
relations of sovereign powers, and private when of the
relations of persons of different nationalities.
International law is now, by the better opinion, part of
the common law of the land. Cf. Conflict of laws, under
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the body of laws governing relations between nations [syn:
international law, law of nations] [ant: civil law]