- a statement of a relation or sequence of phenomena invariable under the same conditions.
- a mathematical rule.
Idioms about law
- 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
synonym study for law
OTHER WORDS FROM lawlaw·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lawlaw , hypothesis, theory (see synonym study at theory)
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MORE ABOUT LAW
What is law?
A law is a rule made by an authority and that must be obeyed.
A law is commonly made by a government, which citizens must follow or face punishment. For example, in most places there are laws about not stealing. If you are caught stealing, you could be fined or put in jail, depending on the law broken and the punishment set up for that law.
Law can be used more broadly to refer to a set of laws, such as all of a nation’s laws. To say murder is against the law is to say that murder is not allowed in the geographic area being referred to, such as a state or country.
Law can also be used to describe the legal field, especially as a career, as in Zola had always dreamed of a career in law, so she studied hard in law school.
In the sciences, a law is an indisputable fact about the way the world and the forces in it work. Such laws explain what happens but do not describe why it happens.
Example: I believe it is against the law to set up security cameras without posting a sign on the door.
Where does law come from?
The first records of the term law come from before the 1000s. It is believed to come from the Old Norse lag, meaning “laying order” or “fixed tune.” A law is established to keep members of a community in order and fixed to a specific way of life that promotes peace or discourages violence.
Although law generally refers to a rule made by a government, it can also be used to refer to any strong rule made by an authority that must be followed. For example, your parents’ house rules might be described as laws if they must be strictly followed. As well, a behavior a person might do instinctively or spontaneously might also be called a law. For example, trying to save your life when you are in danger might be described as the law of self-preservation.
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How is law used in real life?
Because laws are important to a well-run society, law is commonly used in everyday speech.
You ever be killin it in an argument and then just sit back and be like…wow…I really should pursue a career in law.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 19, 2018
BREAKING: Gov. Newsom signs law allowing inmate firefighters in California to have records expunged, clearing the way for them to become professional firefighters once they are released from prison.
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) September 11, 2020
Weird law: Flushing the loo after 10pm in an apt building is illegal in Switzerland. The Government consider it noise pollution. (Too much)
— Gobinath Chandran (@Gobinath_C) October 4, 2017
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How to use law in a sentence
In Wisconsin, the Green Party effort to get on the ballot was boosted by help from some Republicans and a prominent law firm that does work for the GOP.
Most recently, he took a big shot at the traditional legal industry with Atrium, a law firm and legal software startup that raised big rounds of funding before shuttering earlier this year.With Goat Capital, Justin Kan and Robin Chan want to keep founding alongside the right teams|Eric Eldon|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
Fischer stressed that these updates, together with Breonna’s Law, are “substantial” and create a new level of scrutiny for obtaining search warrants.The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained|Fabiola Cineas|September 17, 2020|Vox
Last October, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a law compelling federal bodies to share most of the data they hold on Brazilian citizens and consolidate it in a vast, centralized database.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state|Anthony Green|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Quinn has worked as an elections official in Virginia with von Spakovsky and has co-taught a law school course with him.No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials|by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
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.
In Israel, however, a new law took effect January 1st that banned the use of underweight models.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We should have to admit that the new law does little or nothing to relieve such a situation.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
He that seeketh the law, shall be filled with it: and he that dealeth deceitfully, shall meet with a stumblingblock therein.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
To Harrison and his wife there was no distinction between the executive and judicial branches of the law.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.Children's Ways|James Sully
These schools became affiliated Universities, but never equalled the Law University in importance.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for law (1 of 4)
- a rule or body of rules made by the legislatureSee statute law
- a rule or body of rules made by a municipal or other authoritySee bylaw
- 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
- short for Law of Moses
- the English term for Torah See also Oral Law, Written Law
Other words from lawRelated adjectives: judicial, jural, juridical, legal
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Other 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