Law

  • (noun): The collection of rules imposed by authority.
    Example: "Civilization presupposes respect for the law"
    Synonyms: jurisprudence
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on law, laws:

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 ... 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
... In the period between about 201 to 27 BC, we can see the development of more flexible laws to match the needs of the time ... the ius honorarium, which can be defined as "The law introduced by the magistrates who had the right to promulgate edicts in order to support ... The adaptation of law to new needs was given over to juridical practice, to magistrates, and especially to the praetors ...
Church Of England - Structure - Representative Bodies
... British Parliament before receiving the Royal Assent and becoming part of the law of England ... Canons require Royal Licence and Royal Assent, but form the law of the church, rather than the law of the land ...
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 in 1802 ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "law":

  • (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): Legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity.
    Example: "There is a law against kidnapping"
  • (noun): A generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature.
    Synonyms: law of nature
  • (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): 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:

    The law before us, my lords, seems to be the effect of that practice of which it is intended likewise to be the cause, and to be dictated by the liquor of which it so effectually promotes the use; for surely it never before was conceived by any man entrusted with the administration of public affairs, to raise taxes by the destruction of the people.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    Well, I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner. And that’s what I try to do, is sometimes I lean to one side of it, sometimes I lean to the other.
    Irving Ravetch (b. 1920)

    In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
    Northrop Frye (b. 1912)