- 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
Definition for law (2 of 6)
adjective, adverb, noun Obsolete.
Definition for law (3 of 6)
verb (used with or without object), noun Obsolete.
Definition for law (4 of 6)
interjection Older Use.
Origin of law4
Definition for law (5 of 6)
Definition for law (6 of 6)
Examples from the Web for 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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
These may be the least in the kingdom of heaven, but by the law of moral equation they can not be excluded.The Theistic Conception of the World|B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
We encounter much difficulty in attempting to reduce these various facts to any rule or law.
Inter-marriage had been rendered possible by a change in the law, and social intermixture was going on.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
Religious thought, like all else, is subject to a law of evolution, and therefore passes through regular stages.Evolution|Joseph Le Conte
But the strong arm of the law was apparently under its pillow in delicious slumber.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for law (1 of 4)
- the condition and control enforced by such rules
- (in combination)lawcourt
- the legal or judicial system
- the profession or practice of law
- informal the police or a policeman
Word Origin for law
British Dictionary definitions for law (2 of 4)
Word Origin for law
British Dictionary definitions for law (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for law (4 of 4)
Word Origin and History 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with law
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