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[law] /lɔ/
Andrew Bonar
[bon-er] /ˈbɒn ər/ (Show IPA),
1858–1923, English statesman, born in Canada: prime minister 1922–23.
John, 1671–1729, Scottish financier.
William, 1686–1761, English clergyman and devotional writer. Unabridged
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  • He who did all this was my own father, and his name was john law, of Lauriston!

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Nothing was in the air but john law and his Mississippi scheme.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson
  • What fault was ever found with john law's bank, except that it could not redeem its paper?

    A New Banking System Lysander Spooner
  • john law was the eldest son of an Edinburgh goldsmith, born about 1681.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • I was a stranger in a strange land, and john law was looking for me.

    The Road

    Jack London
  • Mr. john law, of Lauriston soi-disant, had made England too hot to hold him.

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
  • john law, lately the idol and reputed savior of France, fled for his life, amid a howl of execration.

  • Among these was john law himself, who had the grant of large tracts on the Arkansas.

  • From this latter date up to 1721 the operations of the financier john law wrought great disasters in the monies.

British Dictionary definitions for john law


Andrew Bonar (ˈbɒnə). 1858–1923, British Conservative statesman, born in Canada; prime minister (1922–23)
Denis. born 1940, Scottish footballer; a striker, he played for Manchester United (1962–73) and Scotland (30 goals in 55 games, 1958–74); European Footballer of the Year (1964)
John. 1671–1729, Scottish financier. He founded the first bank in France (1716) and the Mississippi Scheme for the development of Louisiana (1717), which collapsed due to excessive speculation
Jude. born 1972, British film actor, who starred in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), and Sherlock Holmes (2009)
William. 1686–1761, British Anglican divine, best known for A Serious Call to a Holy and Devout Life (1728)


a rule or set of rules, enforceable by the courts, regulating the government of a state, the relationship between the organs of government and the subjects of the state, and the relationship or conduct of subjects towards each other
  1. a rule or body of rules made by the legislature See statute law
  2. a rule or body of rules made by a municipal or other authority See bylaw
  1. the condition and control enforced by such rules
  2. (in combination): lawcourt
a rule of conduct: a law of etiquette
one of a set of rules governing a particular field of activity: the laws of tennis
the law
  1. the legal or judicial system
  2. the profession or practice of law
  3. (informal) the police or a policeman
a binding force or statement: his word is law
Also called law of nature. a generalization based on a recurring fact or event
the science or knowledge of law; jurisprudence
the principles originating and formerly applied only in courts of common law Compare equity (sense 3)
a general principle, formula, or rule describing a phenomenon in mathematics, science, philosophy, etc: the laws of thermodynamics
(capital) (Judaism) the Law
  1. short for Law of Moses
  2. the English term for Torah See also Oral Law, Written Law
a law unto itself, a law unto himself, a person or thing that is outside established laws
go to law, to resort to legal proceedings on some matter
lay down the law, to speak in an authoritative or dogmatic manner
(Judaism) reading the Law, reading of the Law, that part of the morning service on Sabbaths, festivals, and Mondays and Thursdays during which a passage is read from the Torah scrolls
take the law into one's own hands, to ignore or bypass the law when redressing a grievance
adjectives judicial jural juridical legal
Word Origin
Old English lagu, from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic lög (pl) things laid down, law


(Scot) a hill, esp one rounded in shape
Word Origin
Old English hlǣw


a Scot word for low1
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Word Origin and History for john law



Old English lagu (plural laga, comb. form lah-) "law, ordinance, rule, regulation; district governed by the same laws," from Old Norse *lagu "law," collective plural of lag "layer, measure, stroke," literally "something laid down or fixed," from Proto-Germanic *lagan "put, lay" (see lay (v.)).

Replaced Old English æ and gesetnes, which had the same sense development as law. Cf. also statute, from Latin statuere; German Gesetz "law," from Old High German gisatzida; Lithuanian istatymas, from istatyti "set up, establish." In physics, from 1660s. Law and order have been coupled since 1796.

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john law in Medicine

law (lô)

  1. A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.

  2. A set of rules or principles for a specific area of a legal system.

  3. A piece of enacted legislation.

  4. A formulation describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met.

  5. A generalization based on consistent experience or results.

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john law in Science
A statement that describes invariable relationships among phenomena under a specified set of conditions. Boyle's law, for instance, describes what will happen to the volume of an ideal gas if its pressure changes and its temperature remains the same. The conditions under which some physical laws hold are idealized (for example, there are no ideal gases in the real world), thus some physical laws apply universally but only approximately. See Note at hypothesis.
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Slang definitions & phrases for john law

John Law

noun phrase

A police officer; the police: had been gathered in by John Law (1907+)


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sunset law, sunshine law


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