- a statement of a relation or sequence of phenomena invariable under the same conditions.
- a mathematical rule.
verb (used with object)
- to state one's views authoritatively.
- to give a command in an imperious manner: The manager laid down the law to the workers.
Origin of law1
adjective, adverb, noun Obsolete.
verb (used with or without object), noun Obsolete.
interjection Older Use.
Origin of law4
Related Words for lawcase, statute, requirement, code, constitution, charter, mandate, decision, act, legislation, decree, precedent, regulation, ruling, charge, measure, order, proposal, rule, covenant
Examples from the Web for law
Contemporary Examples of law
Unless there is a court decision that changes our law, we are OK.
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”
To those who agreed with him, Bush pledged that the law against same-sex marriage would remain intact.
Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
Historical Examples of law
If he should do so, the law would compel him to return her magnificent dowry.
There was a Spartan law forbidding masters to emancipate their slaves.
The commencement of a law and parliamentary library has been made.Explorations in Australia
There, by their law of entail, the same process is unswifter,—yet does it unvary.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He needs a clerk for his law matters, and the Dean said he would speak of me to him.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- the condition and control enforced by such rules
- (in combination)lawcourt
- the legal or judicial system
- the profession or practice of law
- informalthe police or a policeman
Word Origin for law
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with law
- law and order
- law of averages
- law of the jungle
- law unto oneself
- above suspicion (the law)
- lay down the law
- letter of the law
- long arm of the law
- Murphy's law
- possession is nine points of the law
- take the law into one's hands
- unwritten law