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
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on law, laws:

Church Of England - Structure - Representative Bodies
... by the British Parliament before receiving the Royal Assent and becoming part of the law of England ... Royal Licence and Royal Assent, but form the law of the church, rather than the law of the land ...
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 ... 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 ...
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 plebeian social class convinced 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 - Pre-classical Period
201 to 27 BC, we can see the development of more flexible laws to match the needs of the time ... ius civile a new juridical class is created the ius honorarium, which can be defined as "The law introduced by the magistrates who had the right to promulgate edicts in order to ... The adaptation of law to new needs was given over to juridical practice, to magistrates, and especially to the praetors ...
Organic - Law
... Organic law, a fundamental law Organic statute, literally "regulations for an organ", with "organ" meaning an organization or governmental body Organic Articles ...

More definitions of "law":

  • (noun): The collection of rules imposed by authority.
    Example: "Civilization presupposes respect for the law"
    Synonyms: jurisprudence
  • (noun): Legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity.
    Example: "There is a law against kidnapping"
  • (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 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:

    If he who breaks the law is not punished, he who obeys it is cheated. This, and this alone, is why lawbreakers ought to be punished: to authenticate as good, and to encourage as useful, law-abiding behavior. The aim of criminal law cannot be correction or deterrence; it can only be the maintenance of the legal order.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920)

    What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket: and the glorious uncertainty of it is of more use to the professors than the justice of it.
    Charles Macklin (1690–1797)