Dictionary

1law

noun \ˈl\

: the whole system or set of rules made by the government of a town, state, country, etc.

: a particular kind of law

: a rule made by the government of a town, state, country, etc.

Full Definition of LAW

1
a (1) :  a binding custom or practice of a community :  a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority (2) :  the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules (3) :  common law
b (1) :  the control brought about by the existence or enforcement of such law
(2) :  the action of laws considered as a means of redressing wrongs; also :  litigation (3) :  the agency of or an agent of established law
c :  a rule or order that it is advisable or obligatory to observe
d :  something compatible with or enforceable by established law
e :  control, authority
2
a often capitalized :  the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament
b capitalized :  the first part of the Jewish scriptures :  pentateuch, torah — see bible table
3
:  a rule of construction or procedure <the laws of poetry>
4
:  the whole body of laws relating to one subject
5
a :  the legal profession
b :  law as a department of knowledge :  jurisprudence
c :  legal knowledge
6
a :  a statement of an order or relation of phenomena that so far as is known is invariable under the given conditions
b :  a general relation proved or assumed to hold between mathematical or logical expressions
at law
:  under or within the provisions of the law <enforceable at law>

Examples of LAW

  1. The courts exist to uphold, interpret, and apply the law.
  2. a lawyer who specializes in criminal law
  3. In our civics class we learned how a bill becomes a law.
  4. She has proposed a new law to protect people from being evicted unfairly.
  5. Schools are required by law to provide a safe learning environment.
  6. The bill will become law at the beginning of the year.
  7. He's been in and out of trouble with the law for the last 10 years.

Origin of LAW

Middle English, from Old English lagu, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lǫg law; akin to Old English licgan to lie — more at lie
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of LAW

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority <obey the law>. rule applies to more restricted or specific situations <the rules of the game>. regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system <regulations affecting nuclear power plants>. precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching <the precepts of effective writing>. statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body <a statute requiring the use of seat belts>. ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality <a city ordinance>. canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide <the canons of good taste>.
synonyms see in addition hypothesis

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with LAW

2law

verb

Definition of LAW

intransitive verb
:  litigate
transitive verb
chiefly dialect :  to sue or prosecute at law

First Known Use of LAW

circa 1550

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Law

biographical name \ˈl\

Definition of LAW

(Andrew) Bon*ar \ˈbä-nər\ 1858–1923 British (Canad.-born) statesman

Law

biographical name

Definition of LAW

Edward 1750–1818 1st Baron El*len*bor*ough \ˈe-lən-ˌbər-ə, -ˌbə-rə, -brə\ Eng. jurist

Law

biographical name

Definition of LAW

John 1671–1729 Scot. financier & speculator

Law

biographical name

Definition of LAW

William 1686–1761 Eng. writer
LAW Defined for Kids

law

noun \ˈl\

Definition of LAW for Kids

1
:  a rule of conduct or action that a nation or a group of people agrees to follow
2
:  a whole collection of established rules <the law of the land>
3
:  a rule or principle that always works the same way under the same conditions <the law of gravity>
4
:  a bill passed by a legislature
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:  2police 1
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:  the profession of a lawyer
Medical Dictionary

law

noun \ˈl\

Medical Definition of LAW

:  a statement of order or relation holding for certain phenomena that so far as is known is invariable under the given conditions
July 02, 2015
apprehension Hear it
comprehension or the fear of future evil
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