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

Examples of higher law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But China’s highest law-enforcement body, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, lashed out by accusing Li of encouraging crime. Shirley Zhao, Fortune, "Hong Kong’s Richest Man Giving $127 Million to Help Local Businesses Survive Political Upheaval," 4 Oct. 2019 AG Barr is the highest law enforcement officer & the worst. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Maxine Waters Says Trump Should Be Imprisoned And Placed In Solitary Confinement," 2 Oct. 2019 But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Manafort’s case. Katie Benner, BostonGlobe.com, "Justice Department steps in, stops Paul Manafort from going to Rikers," 18 June 2019 But there is a potential cost to tarnishing the reputations of the nation’s highest law-enforcement agencies and officials. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Claims Russia Probe Aims to Help Democrats in Midterms," 29 May 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 Because protecting the people of the United States should be our highest law. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Is Why Everyone Was Wearing Evil Eye Gloves at the March for Our Lives," 26 Mar. 2018 In these states, there is no higher law than progressive cultural orthodoxy and even dissenting citizens can be conscripted into the ideological crusade. David French, National Review, "The Dangerous Supreme Court Case Nobody Is Talking About," 16 Jan. 2018 Bitcoin can get by without banks or governments because algorithms are its highest law. Joshua Oliver, Slate Magazine, "There Is No Such Thing as “the” Blockchain," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of higher law

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Higher law.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20laws. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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