higher law

noun

Definition of higher law

: a principle of divine or moral law that is considered to be superior to constitutions and enacted legislation

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Many natural-law adherents believe that this higher law originates from God rather than humanistic values, although not all versions of the philosophy are explicitly religious. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Speech to Catholic Group Closed to the Media," 18 Oct. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018

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1593, in the meaning defined above

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