plural leges ˈlā-(ˌ)gās How to pronounce lex (audio)
: 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, 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, 10 June 2019

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Word History


Latin leg-, lex

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lex was circa 1775

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“Lex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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