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law meaning

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Synonyms of "law""law" in a sentence
  • Noun: law  lo
    1. The collection of rules imposed by authority
      "civilization presupposes respect for the law"
      - jurisprudence 
    2. Legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity
      "there is a law against kidnapping" 
    3. A rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
      - natural law 
    4. A generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
      "the laws of thermodynamics"
      - law of nature 
    5. The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
      - jurisprudence, legal philosophy 
    6. 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"
      - practice of law 
    7. The force of policemen and officers
      "the law came looking for him"
      - police, police force, constabulary

    Sounds like: lore

    Derived forms: laws

    See also: juridic, lawyer, legal, medicolegal

    Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection, concept, conception, construct, force, instrument, law enforcement agency, learned profession, legal document, legal instrument, official document, personnel, philosophy

    Part of: theory

    Encyclopedia: Law, Dundee Law, International Law, Common Law Law, Canon Law, Legislation and Liberty Law, Scotland Law, South Lanarkshire Law, Sallie Chapman Gordon Law, Natural Law, Roman

  • [American slang]
    n. the police. (Always with the.)
    • She is in a little trouble with the law.
    • Mrs. Wilson finally called the law in on her old man.

  • [Business]



    1 (also the law [U])

    the whole system of rules that everyone in a country or society must obey:

    You would be breaking the law by not paying health insurance.

    It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their race or sex.

    Employers are required by law to provide a safe working environment.

    The Bill will not become law until next year.

    the need for better law enforcement Most of these companies operate within the law

    (= obey it).

    Nobody is above the law

    (= should be able to be punished by the law).

    ❖ to break/enforce/respect/violate the law

    ◆ the law allows/forbids/prohibits/requires/says sth

    2 [U] usually ... law

    a particular branch of the law; the laws of a particular country or area:

    company/intellectual property/contract law

    international/federal/local law

    The company denies any liability under Indian law.

    The merger would be in breach of EU competition law.

    the law governing competition

    Their claim has no basis in law.

    ❖ to breach/break/enforce/infringe/violate... law

    ◆ ... law allows/forbids/prohibits/requires/says sth

    3 [C]

    a rule that deals with a particular crime, agreement, etc:

    Existing laws on store opening hours should be relaxed.

    They passed (= officially introduced) a law against sending 'spam' emails.

    a law banning the sale of cigarettes by mail order

    strict new anti-fraud laws

    The law came into effect in January.

    ❖ to enact/introduce/pass a law

    ◆ to amend/change/relax/strengthen a law

    ◆ a law allows/bans/prohibits/requires/says sth

    ◆ to break/enforce/implement/violate a law

    strict/tough laws

    international/local/national/state laws

    4 [U]

    the study of the law as a subject at university, etc.; the profession of being a lawyer:

    Chris is studying law.

    What made you go into law?

    Hong Kong is home to some of the world's top international law firms.

    He is professor of law at Stanford Law School.

    ❖ to go into/practise/study law

    ◆ a law firm/practice/school

    5 [C]

    the fact that sth always happens in the same way in an activity or in nature:

    the law of supply and demand


  • [Electronics]
    1. A general, verifiable statement that describes the behavior of entities or the relationships between phenomena or concepts. The product of inductive reasoning that follows many observations and controlled experiments (e.g., first law of thermodynamics, inverse-square law, Kirchhoff’ s laws, and Ohm’s law.
    2. The nature of the change of a dependent variable, particularly as depicted by a response curve (e.g., square law).

  • [Law]
    n. 1. The enforceable body of rules that govern any society. See also COMMON LAW; NATURAL LAW.
    2. One of the rules making up the body of law, such as an Act of Parliament.

  • [Medicine]
    The science or philosophy of law. Also,the application of the principles of law and justice to health and medicine. n : a statement of order or relation holding for certain phenomena that so far as is known is invariable under the given conditions

  • [Computer]
    <legal> Software may, under various circumstances and in various countries, be restricted by patent or copyright or both. Most commercial software is sold under some kind of software license.

    A patent normally covers the design of something with a function such as a machine or process. Copyright restricts the right to make and distribute copies of something written or recorded, such as a song or a book of recipies. Software has both these aspects - it embodies functional design in the algorithms and data structures it uses and it could also be considered as a recording which can be copied and "performed" (run).

    "Look and feel" lawsuits attempt to monopolize well-known command languages; some have succeeded. Copyrights on command languages enforce gratuitous incompatibility, close opportunities for competition, and stifle incremental improvements.

    Software patents are even more dangerous; they make every design decision in the development of a program carry a risk of a lawsuit, with draconian pretrial seizure. It is difficult and expensive to find out whether the techniques you consider using are patented; it is impossible to find out whether they will be patented in the future.

    The proper use of copyright is to prevent software piracy - unauthorised duplication of software. This is completely different from copying the idea behind the program in the same way that photocopying a book differs from writing another book on the same subject.

    Usenet newsgroup: misc.legal.computing.
  • He's going to put me through law school.
  • Our antitrust laws have been too severe.
  • She had to work her way through law school.
  • law is the reflection of economic conditions.
  • The powers of a judge are defined by law.
  • The method swept america law schools.
  • The law gives citizens the right to vote.
  • The extant laws show a system.
  • law is developed by various communities.
  • The law of the fang is not repealed.
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