Sal"ic (?), a. [F. salique, fr. the Salian Franks, who, in the fifth century, formed a body of laws called in latin leges Salicae.]

Of or pertaining to the Salian Franks, or to the Salic law so called.

[Also salique.]

Salic law. (a) A code of laws formed by the Salian Franks in the fifth century. By one provision of this code women were excluded from the inheritance of landed property. (b) Specifically, in modern times, a law supposed to be a special application of the above-mentioned provision, in accordance with which males alone can inherit the throne. This law has obtained in France, and at times in other countries of Europe, as Spain.

 

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