international law


: a body of rules that control or affect the rights of nations in their relations with each other

Examples of international law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The report and the memorandum from February does not have the legal teeth that would require the U.S. to stop arms transfers even if a country violates international law or has a more likely than not chance of doing so. Jeongyoon Han, NPR, 10 May 2024 The rendezvous, first reported by Page Six, included Authentic CEO Jamie Salter and Alex Spiro, celebrity attorney and partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the international law firm where Suarez works as a part-time attorney. Tess Riski, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for international law 

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of international law was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“International law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

international law

: a body of laws, rules, or legal principles that are based on custom, treaties, or legislation and that control or affect the rights and duties of nations in relation to each other compare internal law

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