What is law?

  • (noun): A generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature.
    Synonyms: law of nature
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on law, laws:

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 ...
Roman Law - Roman Legal Development - Pre-classical Period
27 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 ... 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 ...
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 ... 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): The collection of rules imposed by authority.
    Example: "Civilization presupposes respect for the law"
    Synonyms: jurisprudence
  • (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): Legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity.
    Example: "There is a law against kidnapping"
  • (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:

    Nor has science sufficient humanity, so long as the naturalist overlooks the wonderful congruity which subsists between man and the world; of which he is lord, not because he is the most subtile inhabitant, but because he is its head and heart, and finds something of himself in every great and small thing, in every mountain stratum, in every new law of color, fact of astronomy, or atmospheric influence which observation or analysis lay open.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
    Bible: New Testament, Galatians 6:2.

    There is all the difference in the world between the criminal’s avoiding the public eye and the civil disobedient’s taking the law into his own hands in open defiance. This distinction between an open violation of the law, performed in public, and a clandestine one is so glaringly obvious that it can be neglected only by prejudice or ill will.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)