1 a (1)
:a binding custom or practice of a community :a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority
:the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules
- The courts exist to uphold, interpret, and apply the law.
:the control brought about by the existence or enforcement of such law
- preserved law and order in the town
:the action of laws considered as a means of redressing wrongs;
- developed the habit of going to law over the slightest provocation
- —H. A. Overstreet
:the agency of or an agent of established law
- When he saw that the fighting was escalating, he called in the law.
:a rule or order that it is advisable or obligatory to observe
- a law of self-preservation
:something compatible with or enforceable by established law
- The decrees were judged not to be law and were therefore rescinded.
:the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament
:a rule of construction or procedure
:the whole body of laws relating to one subject
:the legal profession
- studied for a career in law
- a man with much history but little law
:a statement of an order or relation of phenomena that so far as is known is invariable under the given conditions
:a general relation proved or assumed to hold between mathematical or logical expressions
:under or within the provisions of the law