first law


: the most important principle
He teaches his students that balance is the first law of architecture.

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Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, love, like energy in the first law of thermodynamics, is not quite created or destroyed, but acquires a new form. Rhoda Feng, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Permit to purchase is no longer required to buy a firearm. 2016: Stand Your Ground Stand Your Ground, which first entered the national scene in 2005 when the Florida legislature passed the first law of its kind, and permitless concealed carry became law in Missouri. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 In particular, there have been complaints that Newton’s first law is circular. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 5 Sep. 2023 The 37-year-old legislator in Brazil’s southern city of Porto Alegre passed the country’s first law in November that was written entirely by ChatGPT, the artificial-intelligence chatbot developed by the San Francisco startup OpenAI. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2023 Courts have issued mixed rulings, with the nation's first law, in Arkansas, struck down by a federal judge who said the ban on care violated the due process rights of transgender youth and their families. CBS News, 10 Jan. 2024 In 2021, South Korea passed the world’s first law to require tech giants to offer alternative payment systems on their apps stores. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 Researchers have made a breakthrough in applying the first law of thermodynamics to complex systems. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2023 In 2020 Oregon voters approved Measure 110, the nation’s first law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs, including fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamines. Sally Satel and Kevin Sabet, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2024

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“First law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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