Definition of martial law noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


martial law

BrE BrE//ˌmɑːʃl ˈlɔː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːrʃl ˈlɔː//
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a situation where the army of a country controls an area instead of the police during a time of trouble to declare/impose/lift martial law The city remains firmly under martial law.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: martial law