Thesaurus

law

Synonyms and Antonyms of law

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
Words Related to law
Near Antonyms of law

2 a collection or system of rules of conduct

  • itʼs important to obey the law at all times, or else you might end up in jail
Synonyms of law
Words Related to law

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
Words Related to law

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

synonyms see in addition hypothesis


Learn More about law


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up law? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a trusted follower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!