Definitions of law

  1. the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. An organic rule, as a constitution or charter, establishing and defining the conditions of the existence of a state or other organized community. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Any edict, decree, order, ordinance, statute, resolution, judicial, decision, usage, etc., or recognized, and enforced, by the controlling authority. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Legal science; jurisprudence; the principles of equity; applied justice. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Trial by the laws of the land; judicial remedy; litigation; as, to go law. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. An oath, as in the presence of a court. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Same as Lawe, v. t. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. An exclamation of mild surprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. The science or philosophy of law. Also, the application of the principles of law and justice to health and medicine. Medical Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. Rule of action or motion; statute; principle; body of statutes. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. An authoritative rule of action; legislative enactment; commandment; statute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Legal science; jurisprudence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. 1. That which is laid down, ordained, or established. A rule or method according to which phenomena or actions coexist or follow each other. 2. A system of principles and rules of human conduct, being the aggregate of those commandments and principles which are either prescribed or recognized by the gov- erning power in an organized jural society as its will in relation to the conduct of the members of such society, and which it undertakes to maintain and sanction and to use as the criteria of the actions of such members. "Law" is a solemn expression of legislative will. It orders and permits and forbids. It announces rewards and punishments. Its provisions generally relate not to solitary or singular cases, but to what passes in the ordinary course of affairs. Civ. Code La. arts. 1. 2. "Law," without an article, properly implies a science or system of principles or rules of human conduct, answering to the Latin "jus;" as when it is spoken of as a subject of study or practice. In this sense, it includes the decisions of courts of justice, as well as acts of the legislature. The judgment of a competent, court, until reversed or otherwise superseded, is law, as much as any statute. Indeed, it may happen that a statute may be passed in violation of law, that is, of the fundamental law or constitution of a state; that it is the prerogative of courts in such cases to declare it void, or, in other words, to declare it not to be law. Rurrill. 3. A rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a, state. 1 Steph. Comm. 25; Civ. Code Dak. thelawdictionary.org
  31. The word is properly used, in Scripture as elsewhere, to express a definite commandment laid down by any recognized authority; but when the word is used with the article, and without any words of limitation, it refers to the expressed will to God, and in nine cases out of ten to the Mosaic law, or to the Pentateuch of which it forms the chief portion. The Hebrew word torah (law) lays more stress on its moral authority, as teaching the truth and guiding in the right way; the Greek nomos (law), on its constraining power as imposed and enforced by a recognized authority. The sense of the word, however, extends its scope and assumes a more abstracts character in the writings of St. Paul. Nomos , when used by him with the article, still refers in general to the law of Moses; but when used without the article, so as to embrace any manifestation of "law," it includes all powers which act on the will of man by compulsion, or by the pressure of external motives, whether their commands be or be not expressed in definite forms. The occasional use of the word "law" (as in ( Romans 3:27 ) "law of faith") to denote an internal principle of action does not really mitigate against the general rule. It should also be noticed that the title "the Law" is occasionally used loosely to refer to the whole of the Old Testament, as in ( John 10:34 ) referring to ( Psalms 82:6 ) in ( John 15:25 ) referring to ( Psalms 35:19 ) and in ( 1 Corinthians 14:21 ) referring to ( Isaiah 28:11 Isaiah 28:12 ) biblestudytools.com
  32. a rule of action. The Law of Nature is the will of God as to human conduct, founded on the moral difference of things, and discoverable by natural light ( Romans 1:20 ; Romans 2:14 Romans 2:15 ). This law binds all men at all times. It is generally designated by the term conscience, or the capacity of being influenced by the moral relations of things. biblestudytools.com
  33. a rule of action. The Ceremonial Law prescribes under the Old Testament the rites and ceremonies of worship. This law was obligatory only till Christ, of whom these rites were typical, had finished his work ( Hebrews 7:9 Hebrews 7:11 ; 10:1 ; Ephesians 2:16 ). It was fulfilled rather than abrogated by the gospel. biblestudytools.com
  34. a rule of action. The Judicial Law, the law which directed the civil policy of the Hebrew nation. biblestudytools.com
  35. a rule of action. The Moral Law is the revealed will of God as to human conduct, binding on all men to the end of time. It was promulgated at Sinai. It is perfect ( Psalms 19:7 ), perpetual ( Matthew 5:17 Matthew 5:18 ), holy ( Romans 7:12 ), good, spiritual (14), and exceeding broad ( Psalms 119:96 ). Although binding on all, we are not under it as a covenant of works ( Galatians 3:17 ). (See COMMANDMENTS .) biblestudytools.com
  36. a rule of action. Positive Laws are precepts founded only on the will of God. They are right because God commands them. biblestudytools.com
  37. a rule of action. Moral positive laws are commanded by God because they are right. These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[B] indicates this entry was also found in Baker's Evangelical Dictionary[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Law". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  38. In mathematics: 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. dictgcide_fs
  39. 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. dictgcide_fs
  40. law, n. a rule of action established by authority: 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 is lawful: the whole body of persons connected professionally with the law: litigation: a theoretical principle educed from practice or observation: a statement or formula expressing the constant order of certain phenomena: (theol.) the Mosaic code or the books containing it.--v.t. (coll.) to give law to, determine.--v.i. (obs.) to go to law.--adj. LAW'-ABID'ING, obedient to the law.--ns. LAW-BIND'ING; LAW'-BOOK, a book treating of law or law cases; LAW'-BREAK'ER, one who violates a law; LAW'-BURR'OWS (Scots law), a writ requiring a person to give security against doing violence to another; LAW'-CALF, a book-binding in smooth, pale-brown calf; LAW'-DAY, a day of open court.--adj. LAW'FUL, allowed by law: rightful.--adv. LAW'FULLY.--ns. LAW'FULNESS; LAW'GIVER, one who enacts laws: a legislator.--adj. LAW'GIVING, legislating.--n. LAW'ING, going to law: litigation: (obs.) the practice of cutting off the claws and balls of a dog's forefeet to hinder it from hunting: (Scot.) a reckoning at a public-house, a tavern bill.--adj. LAW'LESS.--adv. LAW'LESSLY.--ns. LAW'LESSNESS; LAW'-LIST, an annual publication containing all information regarding the administration of law and the legal profession; LAW'-LORD, a peer in parliament who holds or has held high legal office: in Scotland, a judge of the Court of Session; LAW'-MAK'ER, a lawgiver; LAW'-MAN, one of a select body with magisterial powers in some of the Danish towns of early England; LAW'-MER'CHANT, a term applied to the customs which have grown up among merchants in reference to mercantile documents and business; LAW'-MONG'ER, a low pettifogging lawyer; LAW'-ST[=A]'TIONER, a stationer who sells parchment and other articles needed by lawyers; LAW'SUIT, a suit or process in law; LAW'-WRIT'ER, a writer on law: a copier or engrosser of legal papers; LAW'YER, a practitioner in the law: (N.T.) an interpreter of the Mosaic Law: the stem of a brier.--LAW LATIN, Latin as used in law and legal documents, being a mixture of Latin with Old French and Latinised English words; LAW OF NATIONS, now international law, originally applied to those ethical principles regarded as obligatory on all communities; LAW OF NATURE (see NATURE); LAW OF THE LAND, the established law of a country; LAWS OF ASSOCIATION (see ASSOCIATION); LAWS OF MOTION (see MOTION); LAWFUL DAY, one on which business may be legally done--not a Sunday or a public holiday.--BOYLE'S (erroneously called MARIOTTE'S) LAW (physics), in gases, the law that, for a given quantity at a given temperature, the pressure varies inversely as the volume--discovered by Robert Boyle in 1662, and treated in a book by Mariotte in 1679; BREHON LAW (see BREHON); CANON LAW (see CANON); CASE LAW, law established by judicial decision in particular cases, in contradistinction to statute law; COMMON LAW (see COMMON); CRIMINAL LAW, the law which relates to crimes and their punishment; CROWN LAW, that part of the common law of England which is applicable to criminal matters; CUSTOMARY LAW (see CONSUETUDINARY); EMPIRICAL LAW, a law induced from observation or experiment, and though valid for the particular instances observed, not to be relied on beyond the conditions on which it rests; FEDERAL LAW, law prescribed by the supreme power of the United States, as opposed to state law; FOREST LAW, the code of law which was drawn up to preserve the forests, &c., forming the special property of the English kings; GRESHAM'S LAW (polit. econ.), the law that of two forms of currency the inferior or more depreciated tends to drive the other from circulation, owing to the hoarding and exportation of the better form; GRIMM'S LAW (philol.), the law formulating certain changes or differences which the mute consonants exhibit in corresponding words in the Teutonic branches of the Aryan family of languages--stated by Jacob Grimm (1785-1863); INTERNATIONAL LAW (see INTERNATIONAL); JUDICIARY LAW, that part of the law which has its source in the decisions and adjudications of the courts; KEPLER'S LAWS, three laws of planetary motion discovered by Johann Kepler (1571-1630)--viz. (1) the orbits of the planets are ellipses with the sun at one focus; (2) the areas described by their radii vectores in equal times are equal; (3) the squares of their periodic times vary as the cubes of their mean distances from the sun; LYNCH LAW (see LYNCH); MAINE LAW, a prohibitory liquor law passed by the legislature of Maine State, U.S.A., in 1851; MARITIME, MARTIAL, MERCANTILE, MILITARY LAW (see the adjs.); MAY LAWS, several Prussian enactments (1873-74) directed to control the action of the Church, and limit its interference in civil matters, largely modified in 1887--often called FALK LAWS, from the introducer; MORAL LAW, that portion of the Old Testament which relates to moral principles, especially the ten commandments; MOSAIC, MUNICIPAL, NATURAL LAW (see the adjs.); OHM'S LAW, the basis of electrical measurements, established in 1827 by Ohm (1787-1854), that the resistance of a conductor is measured by the ratio of the electromotive force between its two ends to the current flowing through it; POOR-LAW, -LAWS, laws providing for the support of paupers at the public expense; POSITIVE LAW, law owing its force to human sanction as opposed to divine law; PRIVATE LAW (see PRIVATE); ROMAN LAW, the system of law developed by the ancient Romans, and often termed the civil law (q.v.); SALIC LAW (see SALIAN); STATUTE LAW (see STATUTE); SUMPTUARY LAW (see SUMPTUARY); VERNER'S LAW (philol.), a law stated by Karl Verner in 1875, showing the effect of the position of accent in the shifting of the original Aryan mute consonants, and s, into Low German, and explaining the most important anomalies in the application of Grimm's law; WRITTEN LAW, statute law as distinguished from the common law.--HAVE THE LAW OF (coll.), to enforce the law against; LAY DOWN THE LAW, to state authoritatively or dictatorially. [M. E. lawe--A.S. lagu, from licgan, to lie; Ice. l[=o]g.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  41. [Latin] A general rule governing the variations of any given phenomenon; a principle summarizing the way in which the phenomenon varies under all possible conditions, or the way in which it is related to one or more other phenomena. L. of multiple proportions, L. of reciprocal proportions, L. of tension of vapors, see Dalton’s laws. L. of similar, see Homoeopathy. L. of sines (Snell’s l.), see Refraction. See also Boyle’s l., Fechner’s l., etc. na
  42. Body of enacted or customary rules recognized by a community as binding, this personified, (the l. forbids, allows; often the l. of the land; the l. of the Medes& Persians, unalterable l., see Dan. vi. 12; lay down the l., talk authoritatively, hector); one of these rules; their controlling influence, l.-abiding state of society, (often l. & order; necessity knows no l., over-rides its sanctity), the ll. as a system (court of l.; so son-in-l. &c.) or science (learned in the l.), jurisprudence; binding injunctions (give the l. to, impose one\'s will upon); (with defining word) one of the branches of the study of l., the ll. concerning specified department, (commercial l.; the l. of evidence; CANON, CIVIL, COMMON, MARTIAL, l.; international l., l. of nations, regulating relations between States); the statute& common l. (opp. EQUITY); (in pred. use, of decisions, opinions, &c.; also good, bad, &c., l.) borne out, or not, by the relevant ll. (it may be common sense, but it is not l.); the legal profession (usu. the l.; bred to the l.); legal knowledge; judicial remedy, l.-courts as providing it, litigation, (go to l.; have, take, the l. of person; take the l. into one\'s own hands, redress one\'s wrong by force); (also l. of Moses) precepts of Pentateuch, Mosaic dispensation; rule of action or procedure, esp. in an art, department of life, or game; (also l. of nature or natural l.) correct statement of invariable sequence between specified conditions& specified phenomenon (ll. of motion, three propositions formulated by Newton; Kepler\'s ll., three propositions on planetary motions; Grimm\'s, Verner\'s, l., on consonant changes in Germanic languages); laws of nature, regularity in nature; (Sport) allowance, start, given to hunted animal or competitor in race, (whence gen.) time of grace, respite. L.-abiding (ness), obedient, obedience, to l.; l.-calf, unstained used for binding l.-books; l.-French, the Anglo-Norman terms used in l.-books& l.; lawgiver, one who makes (esp. code of) ll.; l.-hand, handwriting used in legal documents; l.-Latin, barbarous Latin of early English statutes; l.-lord, member of House of Lords qualified to assist in its legal work; l.- maker, legislator; l. merchant, ll. regulating trade& commerce, differing in some respects from Common L.; l.-officer, legal functionary, esp. Attorney or Solicitor General; l.-stationer, selling stationery needed by lawyers& taking in documents to be engrossed; lawsuit, prosecution of claim in l.-court; l.-term, word or expression used in l., also period appointed for sitting of l.-court; l.-writer, writer on l., also engrosser of legal documents. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  43. int. (vulg.) expressing astonishment. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. the Latin Courts, (esp.) the Royal Courts of Justice, see royal. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. A uniform or constant fact or principle. American pocket medical dictionary.
  46. A general rule or principle governing individual events. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  47. (Math.) The L. of a series is the rule in accordance with which its successive terms are derived. The Laws of motion are three fundamental facts concerning motion and the forces which produce it, enunciated by Newton in the Introduction to the Principia, under the head of "Axiomata sive Leges Motus." Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  48. n. A rule of order or conduct established by authority the appointed rules of a community or state foot the control of its inhabitants, whether unwritten; or enacted by formal statute;— the regular method or sequence by which certain phenomena or effects follow certain conditions or causes,; any force, tendency, propension, or instinct, whether natural or acquired;— the will of God, as the supreme moral ruler, concerning the character and conduct of all responsible beings;— established usage; a rule, principle, or maxim of science or art;— the Jewish or Mosaic code, In distinction from the judicial process; litigation legal science; jurisprudence. Cabinet Dictionary

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