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higher law

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  1. 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.
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Origin of higher law

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • 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