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 Wu's contributions to nuclear physics include her noteworthy Wu Experiment, which helped disprove a fundamental law of parity. NBC News, "New stamps honor Japanese American vets, Chinese American physicist," 7 Dec. 2020 But to fuel his spending ambitions, Governor Murphy ignores the most fundamental law of our state: the New Jersey Constitution. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "GOP questions bill that would let Murphy borrow $5B from Washington," 3 June 2020 Reductionism maintains that everything can be reduced to a few fundamental laws describing the particles that are the basic constituents of matter. Scott Veale, New York Times, "Philip W. Anderson, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Is Dead at 96," 30 Mar. 2020 Irony and flux are fundamental laws of the theatrical universe. Los Angeles Times, "A theater critic’s letter to his students, past, present and future," 7 Apr. 2020 To understand why, consider the fundamental laws of rumor established in the late 1940s by Harvard University professors Gordon W. Allport and Leo Postman. Matt Vella, Quartz, "Big Tech has exactly one job to do in a pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 So a bunch of physicists who claimed to have found a fundamental law of memory recall was catnip to me. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Why can’t I remember? Model may show how recall can fail," 24 Jan. 2020 In California, cannabis entrepreneurs are trying to refute one of the fundamental laws of chemistry: that oil and water don’t mix. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Empty shelves but open stores: What’s going on at Fry’s?," 3 Jan. 2020 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

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1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Fundamental law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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