V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to organize and reduce a body of law, rules, or principles into a code or system; 2. to arrange in a systematic collection

Synonyms: systematize, catalogue, categorize, classify

Antonyms: disorganize, declassify

Tips: Our legal system has laws which have been codified, giving them corresponding numbers so the police can keep track of them. To codify laws is to give them an orderly arrangement in compact volumes. The related noun codification means "classification." Use the word codify to describe any organization or order you can create with numbers. (i.e: "I was able to codify the documents--important documents are labeled 1, and less important documents are labeled 10."

Usage Examples:

An important aspect of Roman law was its system of codification. (classification, cataloging) noun

Most modern civilizations codify their laws as they come into existence. (systematize, categorize)

We need to codify this data so we can easily refer back to it at a later time. (classify, categorize)

The scientists codify their research and cross examine it against similar data. (catalogue, classify)

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