Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

law

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of law

  1. 1 a rule of conduct or action laid down by a governing authority and especially a legislature <a record number of laws were passed in that legislative session> Synonyms act, bill, constitution, enactment, ordinance, statute Related Words command, commandment, decree, dictate, directive, edict, fiat, ruling; bylaw, ground rule, regulation, rule; amendment, legislation; common law, martial law; blue law; prohibition, proscription, restriction; canon, capitulary, encyclical Near Antonyms higher law

  2. 2 a collection or system of rules of conduct <it's important to obey the law at all times, or else you might end up in jail> Synonyms canon, constitution, decalogue, codeRelated Words discipline, establishment; common law, legislation

  3. 3 the department of government that keeps order, fights crime, and enforces statutes <a petty thief who had somehow managed to avoid the law for most of his life> Synonyms policeRelated Words judiciary, jurisprudence, justice




Learn More about law


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up law? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ