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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.
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1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I suppose, then, that you go to the Bible for your politics, and that you are a sort of higher-law man.

    The Iron Furnace John H. Aughey

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