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The Meaning of law

  • (n.) In general, a rule of being or of conduct, established by an authority able to enforce its will; a controlling regulation; the mode or order according to which an agent or a power acts.
  • (n.) In morals: The will of God as the rule for the disposition and conduct of all responsible beings toward him and toward each other; a rule of living, conformable to righteousness; the rule of action as obligatory on the conscience or moral nature.
  • (n.) The Jewish or Mosaic code, and that part of Scripture where it is written, in distinction from the gospel; hence, also, the Old Testament.
  • (n.) An organic rule, as a constitution or charter, establishing and defining the conditions of the existence of a state or other organized community.
  • (n.) Any edict, decree, order, ordinance, statute, resolution, judicial, decision, usage, etc., or recognized, and enforced, by the controlling authority.
  • (n.) In philosophy and physics: A rule of being, operation, or change, so certain and constant that it is conceived of as imposed by the will of God or by some controlling authority; as, the law of gravitation; the laws of motion; the law heredity; the laws of thought; the laws of cause and effect; law of self-preservation.
  • (n.) In matematics: The rule according to which anything, as the change of value of a variable, or the value of the terms of a series, proceeds; mode or order of sequence.
  • (n.) In arts, works, games, etc.: The rules of construction, or of procedure, conforming to the conditions of success; a principle, maxim; or usage; as, the laws of poetry, of architecture, of courtesy, or of whist.
  • (n.) Collectively, the whole body of rules relating to one subject, or emanating from one source; -- including usually the writings pertaining to them, and judicial proceedings under them; as, divine law; English law; Roman law; the law of real property; insurance law.
  • (n.) Legal science; jurisprudence; the principles of equity; applied justice.
  • (n.) Trial by the laws of the land; judicial remedy; litigation; as, to go law.
  • (n.) An oath, as in the presence of a court.
  • (v. t.) Same as Lawe, v. t.
  • (interj.) An exclamation of mild surprise.

Synonyms

natural law , police , constabulary , jurisprudence , law of nature , practice of law , legal philosophy , police force , justice , equity , impartiality , legality , rightfulness , fairness , integrity , rectitude , truth , fair play , justness , right , uprightness , faithfulness , righteousness , virtue , honor , lawfulness

Antonyms

dishonesty , inequity , partiality , unlawfulness , untruth , favoritism , injustice , unfairness , unreasonableness , wrong

Rhymes

ah , aha , alvah , arkansas , artois , aw , awe , baccarat , backsaw , bah , bashaw , baugh , bedstraw , blah , bogota , bourgeois , bra , bylaw , caw , cha , chaw , chickasaw , chihuahua , chippewa , chutzpah , claw , coleslaw , craw , dada , daw , dewclaw , doha , draw , dubois , dumas , elga , esau , fatah , fermata , flaw , francois , ga , gaw , gnaw , grandpa , guffaw , ha , hacksaw , hah , handsaw , haugh , haw , hoopla , hsia , hurrah , inlaw , ja , jaw , jigsaw , ka , la , ma , macaw , mackinaw , maw , mcgraw , mother-in-law , omaha , outlaw , overdraw , pa , pasha , paw , qua , quebecois , ra , rah , raw , redraw , saugh , saw , schwa , scrimshaw , seesaw , shah , shaw , slaw , spa , squaw , straw , ta , thaw , thraw , trois , utah , valois , warsaw , waugh , whipsaw , wichita , withdraw , ya , yah , yaw , ahh , albaugh , allbaugh , alpaugh , alspaugh , anspaugh , baja , bekaa , bois , carnaud , chargois , colaw , contois , craugh , da , dawe , denwa , francoise , glawe , gras , gravois , graw , grawe , hwa , jha , joie , kah , kinlaw , lavoie , mccaw , mccraw , na , nah , naw , ocaw , olah , ona , panama , rauh , rawe , beffa , brisbois , chainsaw , chua , dabah , deja , duboise , foresaw , gaugh , grimshaw , harnois , hawe , krah , laframboise , loblaw , macgraw , markkaa , marois , mccaa , mcgaw , murrah , paugh , pla , refah , rha , sa , saginaw , salois , sanaa , seraw , sha , sirois , slaugh , spaugh , spaw , suhua , traugh , vaugh , voila , vrba , wa , waah , wah , zsa