lex

[leks]

Origin of lex

First recorded in 1490–1500, lex is from the Latin word lēx

lex.

salus populi suprema lex esto

[sah-loo s paw-poo-lee soo-prey-mah leks es-toh; English sey-luh s pop-yuh-lahy-soo-pree-muh leks es-toh]
Latin.
  1. let the welfare of the people be the supreme law: a motto of Missouri.
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lex

noun plural leges (ˈliːdʒiːz)
  1. a system or body of laws
  2. a particular specified law

Word Origin for lex

Latin
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