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law

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of law

  1. 1 a rule of conduct or action laid down by a governing authority and especially a legislature a record number of laws were passed in that legislative session Synonyms of law act, bill, constitution, enactment, ordinance, statute Words Related to law command, commandment, decree, dictate, directive, edict, fiat, ruling; bylaw, ground rule, regulation, rule; amendment, legislation; common law, martial law; blue law; prohibition, proscription, restriction; canon, capitulary, encyclical Near Antonyms of law higher law

  2. 2 a collection or system of rules of conduct it's important to obey the law at all times, or else you might end up in jail Synonyms of law canon, constitution, decalogue, codeWords Related to law discipline, establishment; common law, legislation

  3. 3 the department of government that keeps order, fights crime, and enforces statutes a petty thief who had somehow managed to avoid the law for most of his life Synonyms of law policeWords Related to law judiciary, jurisprudence, justice

Synonym Discussion of law

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority.
    • obey the law
rule applies to more restricted or specific situations.
    • the rules of the game
regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system.
    • regulations affecting nuclear power plants
precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching.
    • the precepts of effective writing
statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body.
    • a statute requiring the use of seat belts
ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality.
    • a city ordinance
canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide.
    • the canons of good taste

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