prescription

prescription
1. noun
a) The act of prescribing a rule, law, etc..

"Jurisdiction to prescribe" is a states authority to make its laws applicable to certain persons or activities. Richard G. Alexander, Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996: Congress exceeds its jurisdiction to prescribe law. Washington and Lee Law Review, 1997.

b) A period of time within which a right must be exercised, unless the right is extinguished.

The prescription governing the victim’s right to enter a charge shall be interrupted by virtue of section 95 of the Criminal Code.

(of a drug, etc.) only available with a physicians written prescription

Many powerful pain killers are prescription drugs in the U.S.


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  • PRESCRIPTION — Aux termes du Code civil, «la prescription est un moyen d’acquérir ou de se libérer par un certain laps de temps, et sous les conditions déterminées par la loi» (art. 2219). Souvent critiquée, cette définition a tout au moins le mérite d’indiquer …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prescription — pre·scrip·tion /pri skrip shən/ n [partly from Middle French prescription establishment of a claim, from Late Latin praescription praescriptio, from Latin, act of writing at the beginning, order, from praescribere to write at the beginning,… …   Law dictionary

  • Prescription — • A method created by law for acquiring ownership or ridding oneself of certain burdens on the fulfilment of fixed conditions Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Prescription     Prescription …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Prescription — has various meanings.In a health care context::*Medical prescription, written by a health care professional:*Eyeglass prescription, written by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist:*Property prescription, written by a landscape architect or other… …   Wikipedia

  • Prescription — Pre*scrip tion (pr[ e]*skr[i^]p sh[u^]n), n. [F. prescription, L. praescriptio, an inscription, preface, precept, demurrer, prescription (in sense 3), fr. praescribere. See {Prescribe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of prescribing, directing, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prescription — Prescription. s. f. v. L s & le p. se prononcent. Droit qui s acquiert par certain temps limité par la loy. Prescription par dix ans entre presents, par vingt ans entre absents. prescription centenaire. acquerir prescription. alleguer… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • prescription — Prescription, Vsus et authoritas. B. Exception de prescription de trente ou quarante ans, Praescriptio longissimi temporis. B. Prescription de cent ans, Praescriptio temporis memoriam excedentis, vel secularis. B. Interruption de prescription,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • prescription — UK US /prɪˈskrɪpʃən/ noun [C] ► a doctor s written instruction for the medicine that someone needs and for how it should be used: »These drugs are only available on prescription. »The doctor wrote him a prescription for two tablets, 100 mg each… …   Financial and business terms

  • prescription — [prē skrip′shən, priskrip′shən] n. [ME prescripcion < L praescriptio] 1. the act of prescribing 2. something prescribed; order; direction; prescript 3. a) a doctor s written direction for the preparation and use of medicine, the grinding of… …   English World dictionary

  • prescription — (n.) c.1400, in law, the right to something through long use, from O.Fr. prescription (13c.), from L. praescriptionem (nom. praescriptio) a writing before, order, direction, from praescriptus, pp. of praescribere write before, from prae before… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prescription — ► NOUN 1) an instruction written by a medical practitioner authorizing a patient to be issued with a medicine or treatment. 2) the action of prescribing. 3) an authoritative recommendation or ruling. 4) (also positive prescription) Law the… …   English terms dictionary

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