the body of rules that nations generally recognize as binding in their conduct toward one another.
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Also called law of nations.
Origin of international law
First recorded in 1830–40
Words nearby international law
international ice patrol, international insulin unit, international joint commission, international labor organization, international labour organisation, international law, international master, international match point, international modernism, international monetary fund, international morse code
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British Dictionary definitions for international law
the body of rules generally recognized by civilized nations as governing their conduct towards each other and towards each other's subjects
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Cultural definitions for international law
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