An example of law is don't drink and drive.
- all the rules of conduct established and enforced by the authority, legislation, or custom of a given community, state, or other group: often with the
- any one of such rules
- the condition existing when obedience to such rules is general: to establish law and order
- the branch of knowledge dealing with such rules; jurisprudence
- the system of courts in which such rules are referred to in defending one's rights, securing justice, etc.: to resort to law to settle a matter
- all such rules having to do with a particular sphere of human activity: business law
- common law, as distinguished from equity
- the profession of lawyers, judges, etc.: often with the
- a sequence of events in nature or in human activities that has been observed to occur with unvarying uniformity under the same conditionsoften law of nature
- the formulation in words of such a sequence: the law of gravitation, the law of diminishing returns
- a sequence of events in nature or in human activities that has been observed to occur with unvarying uniformity under the same conditions
- any rule or principle expected to be observed: the laws of health, a law of grammar
- inherent tendency; instinct: the law of self-preservation
- a divine commandment
- all divine commandments collectively
- a general principle to which all applicable cases must conform: the laws of exponents
- Brit., Sports an allowance in distance or time as in a race; handicap
Origin of lawMiddle English lawe from Old English lagu from Anglo-Norman an unverified form lagu, akin to Old Norse l?g, plural of lag, something laid down or settled from Indo-European base an unverified form legh-, to lie down from source lie
go to law
lay down the law
- to give explicit orders in an authoritative manner
- to give a scolding (to)
- the Mosaic law, or the part of the Jewish Scriptures containing it; specif., the Pentateuch
- [the l-]Informal a policeman or the police
- A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.
- a. The body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; a legal system: international law.b. The condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system: a breakdown of law and civilized behavior.
- A set of rules or principles dealing with a specific area of a legal system: tax law; criminal law.
- a. A statute, ordinance, or other rule enacted by a legislature.b. A judicially established legal requirement; a precedent.
- a. The system of judicial administration giving effect to the laws of a community: All citizens are equal before the law.b. Legal action or proceedings; litigation: submit a dispute to law.c. An impromptu or extralegal system of justice substituted for established judicial procedure: frontier law.
- a. An agency or agent responsible for enforcing the law. Often used with the : “The law … stormed out of the woods as the vessel was being relieved of her cargo” ( Sid Moody )b. Informal A police officer. Often used with the.
- a. The science and study of law; jurisprudence.b. Knowledge of law.c. The profession of an attorney.
- Something, such as an order or a dictum, having absolute or unquestioned authority: The commander's word was law.
- Law a. A body of principles or precepts held to express the divine will, especially as revealed in the Bible.b. The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.
- A code of principles based on morality, conscience, or nature.
- a. A rule or custom generally established in a particular domain: the unwritten laws of good sportsmanship.b. A way of life: the law of the jungle.
- a. A statement describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met: the law of gravity.b. A generalization based on consistent experience or results: the law of supply and demand.
- Mathematics A general principle or rule that is assumed or that has been proven to hold between expressions.
- A principle of organization, procedure, or technique: the laws of grammar; the laws of visual perspective.
Origin of lawMiddle English from Old English lagu from Old Norse lagu variant of lag that which is laid down ; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural laws)
- (uncountable) The body of rules and standards issued by a government, or to be applied by courts and similar authorities.
- By law, one is not allowed to own a wallaby in New York City.
- A particular such rule.
- A new law forbids driving on that road.
- (more generally) A written or understood rule that concerns behaviours and their consequences. Laws are usually associated with mores.
- "Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you" is a good law to follow.
- (sciences, strictly) A well-established, observed physical characteristic or behavior of nature. The word is used to simply identify "what happens," without implying any explanatory mechanism or causation. Compare to theory.
- Newton's third law of motion states that to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. This is one of several laws derived from his general theory expounded in the PhilosophiÃ¦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
- (mathematics) A statement that is true under specified conditions.
- A category of English "common law" petitions that request monetary relief, as opposed to relief in forms other than a monetary judgment; compare to "equity".
- (cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the MCC.
- (slang, uncountable) The police.
- Here comes the law "” run!
- (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to chaos.
- An oath, as in the presence of a court. See wager of law.
From Middle English lawe, laÈe, from Old English lagu (“law"), from Old Norse *lagu, an early plural form of lag, lÇ«g (“layer, stratum, a laying in order, measure, stroke, law", literally “something laid down or fixed"), from Proto-Germanic *lagÄ… (“that which is laid down"), from Proto-Indo-European *legh- (“to lie"). Cognate with Icelandic lÃ¶g (“things laid down, law"), Swedish lag (“law"), Danish lov (“law"). Replaced Old English Ç£ and gesetnes. More at lay.
- (Scottish and northern dialectal, archaic) a hill
From Old English hlÄw (“burial mound"). Also spelled low.
- (dated) An exclamation of mild surprise; lawks.
law - Computer Definition
A statement of scientific fact, phenomena, or relationships that occur with unvarying uniformity under given conditions. See also theory.
law - Legal Definition
- The complete body of statutes, rules, enforced customs and norms, and court decisions governing the relations of individuals and corporate entities to one another and to the state.
- The subset of such statutes and other rules and materials dealing with a particular subject matter.
- The system by which such statutes and rules are administered.
- The profession of interpreting such statutes and rules.
- A bill that becomes effective after enactment by the legislature and signature (or failure to veto) by the executive.