Law

  • (noun): Legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity.
    Example: "There is a law against kidnapping"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on law, laws:

Roman Law - Roman Legal Development - Pre-classical Period
... BC, we can see the development of more flexible laws to match the needs of the time ... ius honorarium, which can be defined as "The law introduced by the magistrates who had the right to promulgate edicts in order to support, supplement or correct the existing law." With ... The adaptation of law to new needs was given over to juridical practice, to magistrates, and especially to the praetors ...
Roman Law - Roman Legal Development - The Twelve Tables
... The first legal text is the Law of the Twelve Tables, dating from mid-5th century BC ... Terentilius Arsa, proposed that the law should be written, in order to prevent magistrates from applying the law arbitrarily ... the patricians to send a delegation to Athens, to copy the Laws of Solon they also dispatched delegations to other Greek cities for like reason ...
Roman Law - Roman Legal Development
... Before the Twelve Tables (754–449 BC), private law comprised the Roman civil law (ius civile Quiritium) that applied only to Roman citizens, and was bonded to religion undeveloped, with attributes of ... the people began their first activities without any fixed law, and without any fixed rights all things were ruled despotically, by kings" ... It is believed that Roman Law is rooted in the Etruscan religion, emphasising ritual ...
Organic - Law
... Organic law, a fundamental law Organic statute, literally "regulations for an organ", with "organ" meaning an organization or governmental body Organic Articles, a French law presented ...
Church Of England - Structure - Representative Bodies
... British Parliament before receiving the Royal Assent and becoming part of the law of England ... require Royal Licence and Royal Assent, but form the law of the church, rather than the law of the land ...

More definitions of "law":

  • (noun): The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do.
    Synonyms: jurisprudence, legal philosophy
  • (noun): A rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society.
    Synonyms: natural law
  • (noun): A generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature.
    Synonyms: law of nature
  • (noun): The collection of rules imposed by authority.
    Example: "Civilization presupposes respect for the law"
    Synonyms: jurisprudence
  • (noun): The learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system.
    Example: "He studied law at Yale"
    Synonyms: practice of law

Famous quotes containing the word law:

    I sat on cushioned otter-skin:
    My word was law from Ith to Emain,
    And shook at Invar Amargin
    The hearts of the world-troubling seamen,
    And drove tumult and war away....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    The image cannot be dispossessed of a primordial freshness, which idea can never claim. An idea is derivative and tamed. The image is in the natural or wild state, and it has to be discovered there, not put there, obeying its own law and none of ours. We think we can lay hold of image and take it captive, but the docile captive is not the real image but only the idea, which is the image with its character beaten out of it.
    John Crowe Ransom (1888–1974)

    Escalus. What do you think of the trade, Pompey? Is it a lawful trade?
    Pompey. If the law would allow it, sir.
    Escalus. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna.
    Pompey. Does your worship mean to geld and spay all the youth of the city?
    Escalus. No, Pompey.
    Pompey. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion they will to’t then. If your worship will take order for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)