the law

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the law

:the people and organizations (such as the police and the courts) whose job is to find or punish people who do not obey laws
  • They called in the law to determine what should be done next.
  • He's been in and out of trouble with the law for the last 10 years.

Word by Word Definitions

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


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