positive law


Definition of positive law

: law established or recognized by governmental authority — compare natural law

Examples of positive law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes everything from customs and norms to family structure and voluntary associations to democratic deliberation and positive law. Andy Smarick, National Review, "In Defense of Proceduralism," 17 Sep. 2020 This is obviously a process from which the coercive sanction of positive law and coercive violence is excluded. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Put Not Your Trust in Princes (nor in Republicans)," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of positive law

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Positive law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positive%20law. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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Legal Definition of positive law

: law established or recognized by governmental authority — compare natural law

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