fundamental law

noun

Definition of fundamental law 

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

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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 And as researchers try to formulate more fundamental laws, the little t evaporates altogether. George Musser, Scientific American, "Physicists and Philosophers Unite to Study Time's Arrow," 19 Jan. 2012 In addition to searching the galaxy for life, the GMT will allow astronomers to study the most ancient eons of the universe, probing the firmament to test our fundamental laws of physics. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Deep Space Eye in the Desert," 14 Feb. 2018

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