|1.||a rule or set of rules, enforceable by the courts, regulating the government of a state, the relationship between the organs of government and the subjects of the state, and the relationship or conduct of subjects towards each other|
|2.||a. See statute law a rule or body of rules made by the legislature|
|b. See bylaw a rule or body of rules made by a municipal or other authority|
|3.||a. the condition and control enforced by such rules|
|b. (in combination): lawcourt|
|4.||a rule of conduct: a law of etiquette|
|5.||one of a set of rules governing a particular field of activity: the laws of tennis|
|a. the legal or judicial system|
|b. the profession or practice of law|
|c. informal the police or a policeman|
|7.||a binding force or statement: his word is law|
|8.||Also called: law of nature a generalization based on a recurring fact or event|
|9.||the science or knowledge of law; jurisprudence|
|10.||Compare equity the principles originating and formerly applied only in courts of common law|
|11.||a general principle, formula, or rule describing a phenomenon in mathematics, science, philosophy, etc: the laws of thermodynamics|
|12.||(capital) Judaism the Law|
|a. short for Law of Moses|
|b. the English term for Torah Oral Law See also Written Law|
|13.||a law unto itself, a law unto himself a person or thing that is outside established laws|
|14.||go to law to resort to legal proceedings on some matter|
|15.||lay down the law to speak in an authoritative or dogmatic manner|
|16.||Judaism reading the Law, reading of the Law that part of the morning service on Sabbaths, festivals, and Mondays and Thursdays during which a passage is read from the Torah scrolls|
|17.||take the law into one's own hands to ignore or bypass the law when redressing a grievance|
|Related: judicial, jural, juridical, legal|
|[Old English lagu, from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic lög (pl) things laid down, law]|
|1.||Andrew Bonar (ˈbɒnə). 1858--1923, British Conservative statesman, born in Canada; prime minister (1922--23)|
|2.||Denis. born 1940, Scottish footballer and television and radio commentator on the sport|
|3.||John. 1671--1729, Scottish financier. He founded the first bank in France (1716) and the Mississippi Scheme for the development of Louisiana (1717), which collapsed due to excessive speculation|
|4.||Jude. born 1972, British film actor, who starred in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).|
|5.||William. 1686--1761, British Anglican divine, best known for A Serious Call to a Holy and Devout Life (1728)|
A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.
A set of rules or principles for a specific area of a legal system.
A piece of enacted legislation.
A formulation describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met.
A generalization based on consistent experience or results.
|law (lô) Pronunciation Key
A statement that describes invariable relationships among phenomena under a specified set of conditions. Boyle's law, for instance, describes what will happen to the volume of an ideal gas if its pressure changes and its temperature remains the same. The conditions under which some physical laws hold are idealized (for example, there are no ideal gases in the real world), thus some physical laws apply universally but only approximately. See Note at hypothesis.
a rule of action. (1.) The Law of Nature is the will of God as to human conduct, founded on the moral difference of things, and discoverable by natural light (Rom. 1:20; 2:14, 15). This law binds all men at all times. It is generally designated by the term conscience, or the capacity of being influenced by the moral relations of things. (2.) The Ceremonial Law prescribes under the Old Testament the rites and ceremonies of worship. This law was obligatory only till Christ, of whom these rites were typical, had finished his work (Heb. 7:9, 11; 10:1; Eph. 2:16). It was fulfilled rather than abrogated by the gospel. (3.) The Judicial Law, the law which directed the civil policy of the Hebrew nation. (4.) The Moral Law is the revealed will of God as to human conduct, binding on all men to the end of time. It was promulgated at Sinai. It is perfect (Ps. 19:7), perpetual (Matt. 5:17, 18), holy (Rom. 7:12), good, spiritual (14), and exceeding broad (Ps. 119:96). Although binding on all, we are not under it as a covenant of works (Gal. 3:17). (See COMMANDMENTS.) (5.) Positive Laws are precepts founded only on the will of God. They are right because God commands them. (6.) Moral positive laws are commanded by God because they are right.