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natural law

noun
1.
a principle or body of laws considered as derived from nature, right reason, or religion and as ethically binding in human society.
Compare positive law.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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Examples for natural law
  • And the goal is to gain as complete control over the physical universe as is compatible with natural law.
  • All signs point to a revolution that advances to the limits set by natural law and the molecular graininess of matter.
  • We have natural law and material processes alone deemed to define what is science.
  • Such a simplistic approach as trying to explain human behavior through natural law has led to nothing but string of failures.
  • After a life of loving the old, by natural law the writer turned old himself.
  • It is the expression of what may truly be denominated natural law.
  • The modern state appeals to morality, to religion, and to natural law as the ideological foundation of its existence.
  • The ease with which it disposes of natural law and complex problems by a few phrases will satisfy them.
  • Not to recognize that natural law is to attempt to stop the planets.
  • It treats its authority as natural law and any opposition as mortal sin.
British Dictionary definitions for natural law

natural law

noun
1.
an ethical belief or system of beliefs supposed to be inherent in human nature and discoverable by reason rather than revelation
2.
a nonlogically necessary truth; law of nature See also nomological (sense 2)
3.
the philosophical doctrine that the authority of the legal system or of certain laws derives from their justifiability by reason, and indeed that a legal system which cannot be so justified has no authority
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Contemporary definitions for natural law
noun

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natural law in Culture

natural law definition


The doctrine that human affairs should be governed by ethical principles that are part of the very nature of things and that can be understood by reason. The first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence contain a clear statement of the doctrine.

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