the law

Definition of the law

  1. :  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

  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

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

    :  common law

  1. :  litigate

    :  to sue or prosecute at law

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a brief usually trivial fact

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