The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The Jewish law as developed into validity by the decisions of the Scribes, on the basis of inferential reasoning or established custom; it was of higher authority than the law as written, though not held valid till sanctioned by a majority of the doctors.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Halacha'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/h/halacha.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.