rule of law

noun phrase

: a situation in which the laws of a country are obeyed by everyone
The courts uphold the rule of law.

Examples of rule of law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The power of this conspiratorial mindset has compromised the country’s long-standing commitments to science, national security, democracy, and the rule of law. Jon D. Michaels, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Biden accused Trump of seeking to undermine the rule of law. Fritz Farrow, ABC News, 6 June 2024 Unlike those countries, the United States vigorously upholds the rule of law. Douglas Brinkley, CBS News, 2 June 2024 Israel is partly a testament to the rule of law – and partly a cautionary tale about prosecuting leaders in democracies. James D. Long, The Conversation, 30 May 2024 Their verdicts to hold people accountable for committing crimes is what upholds the rule of law. Barbara McQuade, TIME, 29 May 2024 Exasperated by his country’s divisive struggles to establish the rule of law and resist the temptations of strongman leadership, the lawyer displays a portrait of Vaclav Havel, an icon of democratic idealism, on the wall of his country house in western Slovakia. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 19 May 2024 Now, the man who refused to accept his 2020 election loss is already seeking to delegitimize his conviction, attempting to assert the primacy of his raw political power over the nation’s rule of law. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 30 May 2024 Their unity and uniforms signaled an allegiance to one man over the rule of law. Barbara McQuade, TIME, 29 May 2024

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“Rule of law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

rule of law

: an authoritative legal doctrine, principle, or precept applied to the facts of an appropriate case
adopting the rule of law that is most persuasive in light of precedent, reason and policyWright v. Wright, 904 P.2d 403 (1995)
: government by law : adherence to due process of law
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