fundamental law


Definition of fundamental law

: the organic or basic law of a political unit as distinguished from legislative acts specifically : constitution

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Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps there is a radical new framework uniting the fundamental laws of nature that disregards all the familiar concepts. Quanta Magazine, "There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.," 4 June 2018 In the fundamental laws, time’s arrow is reversible. Quanta Magazine, "Time’s (Almost) Reversible Arrow," 7 Jan. 2016 That diurnal cycle is linked to the giant impact by a fundamental law of physics, the conservation of angular momentum. Simon J. Lock, Scientific American, "When Earth and the Moon Were One," 2 July 2019 What is that other than an admission that his colleagues had behaved politically, making up instead of interpreting the nation’s fundamental law? Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 Did nature have any choice in picking its fundamental laws? Quanta Magazine, "There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.," 4 June 2018 However inflamed the politics become, citizens can use the hearings to educate themselves about how liberal and conservative justices, at their best, reason together about American history and fundamental law. Jeffrey Rosen, WSJ, "What We Learn from Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings," 13 July 2018 That’s a key question for understanding the fundamental laws of nature, and finding a way to estimate what types of universes are probable is a big challenge, said physics professor David Kaiser of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Washington Post, "Hawking’s last physics paper argues for a ‘simpler’ cosmos," 2 May 2018 But the fundamental laws defining employees are set by states. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "California Court Ruling Could Be Major Blow to ‘Gig Economy’ Firms," 1 May 2018

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1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Fundamental law.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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