martial law

Definitions of "martial law"
  1. The rules enforced in a region by the military authority of a foreign power that has taken control of that region
  2. The legal system put into effect by a government during an emergency situation, when normal civilian law enforcement is unable to uphold safety and order
How to use "martial law" in a sentence
  1. During the time of severe unrest, the government declared martial law to restore order.
  2. The military governed under martial law in the occupied territory to maintain control.
  3. When the city's police forces were unable to maintain peace during the riots, martial law was put into effect.

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