lex

noun
\ ˈleks How to pronounce lex (audio) \
plural leges\ ˈlā-​(ˌ)gās How to pronounce leges (audio) \

Definition of lex

: law

Examples of lex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An old legal maxim comes to mind: De minimis non curat lex — the law doesn’t care about trifles. New York Times, "Can We Stay Friends With Someone Who Betrayed His Pregnant Partner?," 14 Jan. 2020 And, lex credendi, lex orandi, Catholic liturgical practices demonstrate the Church’s belief in the reality of Christ’s Eucharistic immanence. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Is Pope Francis Saying about Communion?," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of lex

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lex

Latin leg-, lex

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Cite this Entry

“Lex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lex. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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