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Definition of "law" [law]

  • A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority. (noun)
  • The body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; a legal system: international law. (noun)
  • The condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system: a breakdown of law and civilized behavior. (noun)
  • A set of rules or principles dealing with a specific area of a legal system: tax law; criminal law. (noun)
  • A piece of enacted legislation. (noun)
  • A rule or set of rules, enforceable by the courts, regulating the government of a state, the relationship between the organs of government and the subjects of the state, and the relationship or conduct of subjects towards each other (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A rule or body of rules made by the legislature (noun)
  • A rule or body of rules made by a municipal or other authority (noun)
  • The condition and control enforced by such rules (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A rule of conduct (noun)
  • One of a set of rules governing a particular field of activity (noun)
  • A binding force or statement (noun)
  • A generalization based on a recurring fact or event (noun)
  • The science or knowledge of law; jurisprudence (noun)
  • The principles originating and formerly applied only in courts of common law (noun)
  • A general principle, formula, or rule describing a phenomenon in mathematics, science, philosophy, etc (noun)

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Use "law" in a sentence
  • "I just really hate it when people twist what the state of the law is, or make extreme claims with colorful language about what is a fairly unexceptional case *under current law*."
  • "It is this feature of the natural law that justifies, on Aquinas's view, our calling the natural law ˜law.™"
  • "This involves at least two separate claims: In one sense, it can be understood as a thesis about the concept of law, maintaining that what we call ˜law™ can only be those norms which are backed by sanctions of the political sovereign."