an ethical or religious principle considered as taking precedence over the laws of society, and to which one may appeal in order to justify disobedience to a constitution or enacted law with which it conflicts.
Words nearby higher law
Origin of higher law
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for higher law
I suppose, then, that you go to the Bible for your politics, and that you are a sort of higher-law man.The Iron Furnace|John H. Aughey