fundamental law


Definition of fundamental law

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

Examples of fundamental law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But now humans seem to have broken this fundamental law of the ocean. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 Was some universal principle playing out in the polariton condensate, some fundamental law about systems where energy isn’t conserved? Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 In Homer, hospitality is a sacred responsibility, a fundamental law of Zeus, the protector of strangers. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Wu's contributions to nuclear physics include her noteworthy Wu Experiment, which helped disprove a fundamental law of parity. NBC News, 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, 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, 30 Mar. 2020 Irony and flux are fundamental laws of the theatrical universe. Los Angeles Times, 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, 26 Mar. 2020

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1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Fundamental law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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