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higher law

an ethical or religious principle considered as taking precedence over the laws of society, and to which one may appeal in order to justify disobedience to a constitution or enacted law with which it conflicts.
Origin of higher law
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But my point is that some of what appears voluntary is in fact coerced, and that should be a higher law enforcement priority.
  • Even matter and energy themselves exist only by the rule of this higher law.
  • The higher law between the state and federal laws must be followed.
  • It requires that everyone, regardless of position or office, abide by a higher law.

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