1. [ noun ] (law) the collection of rules imposed by authority
Synonyms: jurisprudence

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Related terms: collection international_law civil_law mercantile_law maritime_law securities_law tax_law martial_law canon_law Mosaic_law islamic_law law_of_the_land case_law administrative_law statutory_law military_law bill lawsuit trial testify interest legal_action file act judgment party award marriage use court trial owner lawyer testify convict effect hearing opinion legislation client appeal divorce evidence transcript public_law justice license will sentence trustee legislative_act relief proceeding due_process testimony ancestral advocate mandate bequest defendant judgment grand_jury prosecutor plead decree divestiture joint_resolution legal_power law_enforcement prosecution ordinary imprisonment condemnation amicus_curiae extenuate grant liquidator attorney_general civil_law imprison nuisance assignment finding fundamental_law rationale enactment prohibition production alibi pardon mercantile_law assignee Supreme_Court escheat dock writ warrant brief deed court_order legislation right_of_entry right_to_vote therefor get_off undue declaration record challenge antitrust_case witness trial_judge litigant test_case jurist chief_justice justice_of_the_peace promulgator minor maritime_law litigation trial_court presentment Department_of_Justice cross-examination deposition dissent nugatory corpus_delicti direct_evidence allegation subpoena_duces_tecum certiorari mandamus enabling_act judgment_of_dismissal search_warrant docket verdict criminal_law plead enabling_legislation summation eviction legal_system eminent_domain civil_right patent_right voting_system combination_in_restraint_of_trade judicial_review review legal_duty double_jeopardy plea defense revertible plea-bargain charge retrial mistrial administrative_hearing demur false_imprisonment quo_warranto legal_separation commutation comparative_negligence consensual abatement_of_a_nuisance dissolution_of_marriage annulment amnesty waste constructive_possession actual_possession trust_busting probation criminal_possession reprieve civil_contempt contempt contributory_negligence concurrent_negligence criminal_contempt obstruction_of_justice contempt_of_Congress civil_suit class-action_suit contempt_of_court criminal_negligence criminal_suit bastardy_proceeding contumacy scopes_trial adoption vouch_in unalterable alterable disbarment
2. [ noun ] (law,writing) legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity

"there is a law against kidnapping"

Related terms: rule legal_document public_law fundamental_law prohibition homestead_law Riot_Act poor_law antitrust_legislation anti-drug_law blue_sky_law blue_law anti-racketeering_law gag_law statute_of_limitations
3. [ noun ] a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
Synonyms: natural_law
Related terms: concept principle divine_law sound_law
4. [ noun ] a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
Synonyms: law_of_nature

: "the laws of thermodynamics"

Related terms: concept principle henry's_law Gresham's_law Bernoulli's_law all-or-none_law law_of_multiple_proportions Kepler's_law law_of_averages Boyle's_law archimedes'_principle law_of_effect law_of_diminishing_returns distribution_law hooke's_law law_of_mass_action Mendel's_law Newton's_law_of_motion Ohm's_law Pauli_exclusion_principle periodic_law law_of_constant_proportion equilibrium_law avogadro's_hypothesis bose-einstein_statistics coulomb's_law law_of_equivalent_proportions fechner's_law fermi-dirac_statistics law_of_gravitation Gay-Lussac's_law Dalton's_law hubble's_law kirchhoff's_laws law_of_thermodynamics pascal's_law planck's_law planck's_radiation_law principle_of_relativity weber's_law benford's_law power_law theory
5. [ noun ] (law,philosophy) the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
Synonyms: jurisprudence legal_philosophy
Related terms: philosophy matrimonial_law corporation_law patent_law contract_law
6. [ noun ] (law,work) the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system
Synonyms: practice_of_law

"he studied law at Yale"

Related terms: learned_profession disbar
7. [ noun ] (law,government) the force of policemen and officers
Synonyms: police police_force constabulary

"the law came looking for him"

Related terms: force law_enforcement_agency posse Scotland_Yard schutzstaffel european_law_enforcement_organisation vice_squad secret_police Royal_Canadian_Mounted_Police gendarmerie mutawa policeman platoon
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1088
Similar spelling:   La