What is law?

  • (noun): The force of policemen and officers.
    Example: "The law came looking for him"
    Synonyms: police, police force, constabulary
    See also — Additional definitions below

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 generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature.
    Synonyms: law of nature
  • (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 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
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word law:

    Jesus said to his Jews: “The law was for servants—love God as I love him, as his son! What are morals to us sons of God!”
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    The law of nature is alternation for evermore. Each electrical state superinduces the opposite. The soul environs itself with friends, that it may enter into a grander self-acquaintance or solitude; and it goes alone for a season, that it may exalt its conversation or society.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The one point on which all women are in furious secret rebellion against the existing law is the saddling of the right to a child with the obligation to become the servant of a man.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)