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  Dictionary Definition of law

law
noun
1. the principles and regulations emanating from a government and applicable to a people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognised and enforced by judicial decision.
2. any written or positive rule of conduct, or collection of rules, prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, whether by the people in its constitution, as the organic law, or by the legislature in its statute law, or by the treaty-making power, or by municipalities in their ordinances or by-laws.
3. the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their observance: to maintain law and order.
4. the institutions and persons collectively responsible for the administration of the legal rules, or an agent that helps maintain the rules.
5. a system or collection of such rules.
6. the department of knowledge concerned with these rules; jurisprudence: to study law.
7. the body of rules and legal principles concerned with a particular subject or derived from a particular source: commercial law; the law of torts.
8. an act of the supreme legislative body of a state or nation, as distinguished from the constitution.
9. the principles applied in the courts of common law, as distinguished from equity.
10. the profession which deals with law and legal procedure: to practise law.
11. legal action; litigation.
12. any rule or principle of proper conduct or collection of such rules.
13. (in philosophical and scientific use) a. a statement of a relation or sequence of phenomena invariable under the same conditions. b. a mathematical rule.
14. a commandment or a revelation from God.
15. ( often cap. ) a divinely appointed order or system.
16. Bible the five books of Moses (the Pentateuch) containing this system and forming the first of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament
17. the preceptive part of the Bible, especially of the New Testament, in contradistinction to its promises: the law of Christ.
18. Sport a start given to an animal that is to be hunted, or to a weaker competitor in a race.
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19. be a law unto oneself, to do what one wishes, without regard for established rules and modes of behaviour.
20. lay down the law, to tell people authoritatively what to do, or state one's opinions authoritatively.
21. take the law into one's own hands, to seek justice by one's own means, disregarding usual judicial procedures.
22. the Law, the Mosaic Law (often in contrast to the Gospel ).
[ME law, lagh, OE lagu, from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. lag layer, plural lög law, li
Law
noun
1. Andrew Bonar, 1858--1923, British politician born in Canada, prime minister of Great Britain 1922--23.
2. Benjamin, 1807- c. 1880, Australian sculptor, born in Britain; noted for busts of Tasmanian Aborigines Woureddy (1835) and Truganini (1836).
3. John, 1671--1729, Scottish financier, founded the first bank in France.
4. Phillip Garth, born 1912, Australian scientist and antarctic explorer.