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[law-giv-er] /ˈlɔˌgɪv ər/
a person who promulgates a law or a code of laws.
Origin of lawgiver
1350-1400; Middle English lawe givere. See law1, giver
Related forms
lawgiving, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lawgiver
Historical Examples
  • Every one of you wants to be a lawgiver, a statesman, and a reformer, and to manage the public affairs in his own way.

  • He came to Athens in pursuit of knowledge while Solon was the lawgiver of that city.

  • The most elaborate story of Creation is found in the Laws of Manu, the eponymous ancestor of mankind and the first lawgiver.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • I am fully confirmed, that it is the honour of our lawgiver which I suffer for now.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • Moses had his Midian before he was worthy to be 'lawgiver' to his people.

    The Little Colonel in Arizona Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He is answerable to the lawgiver, and he will act on that conviction.

    A Lamp to the Path W. K. Tweedie
  • Still the 'will of the lawgiver' would afford no surer criterion as to what actions were right or wrong.

  • One only is lawgiver and Judge, even He who is able to save and to destroy.

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
  • Thus much as to the place in which the lawgiver delivered the contents of this marvelous book.

  • In his own, he waits as a candidate for your approbation; in another's he is a lawgiver.

British Dictionary definitions for lawgiver


the giver of a code of laws
Also called lawmaker. a maker of laws
Derived Forms
lawgiving, noun, adjective
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