law of nature

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law of nature
 
n
1.  an empirical truth of great generality, conceived of as a physical (but not a logical) necessity, and consequently licensing counterfactual conditionals
2.  natural law See nomological a system of morality conceived of as grounded in reason
3.  See law

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law of nature

in logic, a stated regularity in the relations or order of phenomena in the world that holds, under a stipulated set of conditions, either universally or in a stated proportion of instances. For the philosophical law of nature, see natural law.

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