natural law

noun

Definition of natural law

  1. :  a body of law or a specific principle held to be derived from nature and binding upon human society in the absence of or in addition to positive law

15th Century

First Known Use of natural law

15th century


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natural law

noun

Legal Definition of natural law

  1. :  a body of law or a specific principle of law that is held to be derived from nature and binding upon human society in the absence of or in addition to positive law

Additional Notes on natural law

While natural law, based on a notion of timeless order, does not receive as much credence as it did formerly, it was an important influence on the enumeration of natural rights by Thomas Jefferson and others.


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