Definitions for law

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the principles and regulations established by a government or other authority and applicable to a people, whether by legislation or by custom enforced by judicial decision.

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  2. any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution.

    Category: Law

  3. a system or collection of such rules.

    Category: Law

  4. the condition of society brought about by observance of such rules:

    maintaining law and order.

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  5. the field of knowledge concerned with these rules; jurisprudence:

    to study law.

    Category: Law

  6. the body of such rules concerned with a particular subject:

    commercial law; tax law.

    Category: Law

  7. an act of the highest legislative body of a state or nation.

    Category: Law

  8. the profession that deals with law and legal procedure:

    to practice law.

    Category: Law

  9. legal action; litigation:

    to go to law.

    Category: Law

  10. an agent or agency that enforces the law, esp. the police:

    The law arrived to quell the riot.

    Category: Law

  11. any rule or injunction that must be obeyed.

  12. a rule or principle of proper conduct sanctioned by conscience, concepts of natural justice, or the will of a deity:

    a moral law.

  13. a rule or manner of behavior that is instinctive or spontaneous:

    the law of self-preservation.

  14. (in philosophy, science, etc.) a statement of a relation or sequence of phenomena invariable under the same conditions. a mathematical rule.

  15. a principle based on the predictable consequences of an act, condition, etc.:

    the law of supply and demand.

  16. a rule, principle, or convention regarded as governing the structure or the relationship of an element in the structure of something, as of a language or work of art:

    the laws of grammar.

  17. a commandment or a revelation from God.

  18. (sometimes cap.) a divinely appointed order or system.

  19. the Law,

    Category: Judaism

    Ref: Law of Moses.

  20. the preceptive part of the Bible, esp. of the New Testament, in contradistinction to its promises:

    the law of Christ.

  21. (v.i.)to institute legal action; sue.

    Category: Law

  22. (v.t.)Chiefly Dial. to sue or prosecute.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for law:

  1. be a law to or unto oneself,to act independently or unconventionally, esp. without regard for established mores.

    Category: Idiom

  2. lay down the law, to issue orders imperiously.

    Category: Idiom

  3. take the law into one's own hands,to administer justice as one sees fit without recourse to legal processes.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of law:

bef. 1000; ME law(e),lagh(e), OE lagu < ON *lagu, early pl. of lag layer, laying in order


  1. John, 1671–1729, Scottish financier.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. law, jurisprudence(noun)

    the collection of rules imposed by authority

    "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

  2. law(noun)

    legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity

    "there is a law against kidnapping"

  3. law, natural law(noun)

    a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

  4. law, law of nature(noun)

    a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

    "the laws of thermodynamics"

  5. jurisprudence, law, legal philosophy(noun)

    the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

  6. law, practice of law(noun)

    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"

  7. police, police force, constabulary, law(noun)

    the force of policemen and officers

    "the law came looking for him"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. law(noun)ɔ

    all the rules of a society

    By law, you cannot smoke in restaurants.; to obey the law

  2. lawɔ

    not allowed according to law

    Talking on a cell phone while driving is against the law.

  3. lawɔ

    to do sth against the law

    If you break the law, you go to jail.

  4. lawɔ

    the system of making sure the law is obeyed

    law enforcement officials; basic principles of law enforcement

  5. lawɔ

    a situation in which people are obeying laws

    After the violence there was a brief return to law and order.

  6. lawɔ

    a particular rule

    a new law passed by Congress; laws against drunk driving; a federal/state law

  7. lawɔ

    the study of the rules of a society, or the practice of being a lawyer

    young people studying law; He went to law school in Boston.; a big law firm in the city

  8. lawɔ

    a rule or principle in a particular area of knowledge or activity

    the laws of science; the law of supply and demand

  9. lawɔ

    paying no attention to rules or accepted ways of behaving

    My brother has always been a law unto himself.

  10. lawɔ

    to state rules and make clear that they must be obeyed

    His parents laid down the law before giving him the car keys.

  11. lawɔ

    to try to solve a problem without the help of the legal authorities

    The two men took the law in their own hands and went to find the killer.


  1. Law(ProperNoun)

    , perhaps originally meaning someone who lives near a burial mound.

  2. Law(ProperNoun)

    a conical hill

  3. Law(ProperNoun)

    the Torah

  4. Law(ProperNoun)

    a generic term which can refer to the Divine commandments (primarily the Decalogue), the Old Testament in general or, most specifically, the Torah.

  5. Origin: From the given name Lawrence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Law(noun)

    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

  2. Law(noun)

    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

  3. Law(noun)

    the Jewish or Mosaic code, and that part of Scripture where it is written, in distinction from the gospel; hence, also, the Old Testament

  4. Law(noun)

    an organic rule, as a constitution or charter, establishing and defining the conditions of the existence of a state or other organized community

  5. Law(noun)

    any edict, decree, order, ordinance, statute, resolution, judicial, decision, usage, etc., or recognized, and enforced, by the controlling authority

  6. Law(noun)

    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

  7. Law(noun)

    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

  8. Law(noun)

    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

  9. Law(noun)

    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

  10. Law(noun)

    legal science; jurisprudence; the principles of equity; applied justice

  11. Law(noun)

    trial by the laws of the land; judicial remedy; litigation; as, to go law

  12. Law(noun)

    an oath, as in the presence of a court

  13. Law(verb)

    same as Lawe, v. t

  14. Law

    an exclamation of mild surprise

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. law

    1. A scheme for protecting the parasite and prolonging the life of the rogue, averting the natural consequences which would otherwise come to them. 2. The crystallization of public opinion.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'law' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #302

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'law' in Written Corpus Frequency: #897

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'law' in Nouns Frequency: #74

Translations for law

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the collection of rules according to which people live or a country etc is governed

Such an action is against the law; law and order.

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