Definitions of law

  1. the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
  2. the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system; " he studied law at Yale"
  3. a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
  4. a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; " the laws of thermodynamics"
  5. legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; " there is a law against kidnapping"
  6. the force of policemen and officers; " the law came looking for him"
  7. the collection of rules imposed by authority; " civilization presupposes respect for the law"; " the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
  8. In general, a rule of being or of conduct, established by an authority able to enforce its will; a controlling regulation; the mode or order according to which an agent or a power acts.
  9. In morals: The will of God as the rule for the disposition and conduct of all responsible beings toward him and toward each other; a rule of living, conformable to righteousness; the rule of action as obligatory on the conscience or moral nature.
  10. The Jewish or Mosaic code, and that part of Scripture where it is written, in distinction from the gospel; hence, also, the Old Testament.
  11. An organic rule, as a constitution or charter, establishing and defining the conditions of the existence of a state or other organized community.
  12. Any edict, decree, order, ordinance, statute, resolution, judicial, decision, usage, etc., or recognized, and enforced, by the controlling authority.
  13. In philosophy and physics: A rule of being, operation, or change, so certain and constant that it is conceived of as imposed by the will of God or by some controlling authority; as, the law of gravitation; the laws of motion; the law heredity; the laws of thought; the laws of cause and effect; law of self- preservation.
  14. In matematics: The rule according to which anything, as the change of value of a variable, or the value of the terms of a series, proceeds; mode or order of sequence.
  15. In arts, works, games, etc.: The rules of construction, or of procedure, conforming to the conditions of success; a principle, maxim; or usage; as, the laws of poetry, of architecture, of courtesy, or of whist.
  16. Collectively, the whole body of rules relating to one subject, or emanating from one source; -- including usually the writings pertaining to them, and judicial proceedings under them; as, divine law; English law; Roman law; the law of real property; insurance law.
  17. Legal science; jurisprudence; the principles of equity; applied justice.
  18. Trial by the laws of the land; judicial remedy; litigation; as, to go law.
  19. An oath, as in the presence of a court.
  20. Same as Lawe, v. t.
  21. An exclamation of mild surprise.
  22. The science or philosophy of law. Also, the application of the principles of law and justice to health and medicine.
  23. A rule of action established by authority or custom; the whole body of such binding rules or customs; as, social law; act of a legislative body; legal science; as, he studied law; the legal profession; a rule of science or art; a scientific statement of the action and relation of things in nature, etc.; as, the law of gravitation; an established principle.
  24. A rule of action laid down or established by authority: edict of a government: statute: the rules of a community or state: a rule or principle of science or art: the whole jurisprudence or the science of law: established usage: that which rules: conformity to law: that which is lawful: a theoretical principle educed from practice or observation: ( theol.) the Mosaic code or the books containing it: ( B.) the word of God, the Old Testament.
  25. Rule of action or motion; statute; principle; body of statutes.
  26. An authoritative rule of action; legislative enactment; commandment; statute.
  27. Legal science; jurisprudence.
  28. A rule of action, prescribed by the supreme power of a state; the body of rules governing a community; a rule in regulation of anything; a theoretical principle; a rule or principle of science or art; a settled principle; jurisprudence; judicial process; a statute.
  29. A rule of action imposed by some authority, or by the supreme power of a state; a statute; a rule of direction; a settled principle; a rule or axiom of science.

Usage examples for law

  1. He shall have my law business, anyway." – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  2. I'm tired of being her brother- in- law – The Husbands of Edith by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. The law made it so. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  4. Your daughter- in- law my dear? – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  5. Send your brother- in- law in it. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. I turned to my father- in- law – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. " Well, if your will is not law to me what is? – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  8. I have broken the law more than once. – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. But you know the law my boy! – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  10. After all, is my word law or isn't it? – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  11. The law is the same for all. – The Soul of a People by H. Fielding
  12. He was my brother- in- law – The Monk of Hambleton by Armstrong Livingston
  13. A thing was law because he said it. – The New North by Agnes Deans Cameron
  14. In the name of the Law – Wolf Breed by Jackson Gregory
  15. Let me lay down the law upon the subject. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. Fear nothing; you have the law on your side. – Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
  17. With a wife like that and such a father- in- law we'll own him body and soul. – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  18. So much for the law – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  19. After all, we're brother and sister- in- law – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  20. You wouldn't even be doing anything that the law would blame you for. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall