What does law mean?

Definitions for law

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word law.

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"


  1. Law(n.)

    The Jewish or Mosaic code, and that part of Scripture where it is written, in distinction from the gospel; hence, also, the Old Testament. Specifically: the first five books of the bible, called also Torah, Pentatech, or Law of Moses.

  2. Origin: [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. lg, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See Lie to be prostrate.]


  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

  15. Origin: [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. lg, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See Lie to be prostrate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Law

    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′-stā′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 (erron

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of law in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of law in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Atlas Obscura:

    Law Order SVU.

  2. Donatille Mukabalisa:

    No law stops him.

  3. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly:

    The law is the law.

  4. Ted Phillips:

    It's a terrible law.

  5. Lennard Davis:

    A law can do so much.

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