rule of law

Definition of rule of law

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

Word by Word Definitions

rule play
  1. : a prescribed guide for conduct or action

  2. : the laws or regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members

  3. : an accepted procedure, custom, or habit

  1. : to exert control, direction, or influence on

  2. : to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining

  3. : to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily

law play
  1. : a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority

  2. : the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules

  3. : common law

  1. : litigate

  2. : to sue or prosecute at law


Law Dictionary

rule of law

legal Definition of rule of law

1 :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 policy
  • Wright v. Wright, 904 P.2d 403 (1995)
2 :government by law :adherence to due process of law

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