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Synonyms for law

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. law, jurisprudence(noun)

    the collection of rules imposed by authority

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

    natural law, police, constabulary, jurisprudence, law of nature, practice of law, legal philosophy, police force

  2. law(noun)

    legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity

    "there is a law against kidnapping"

    natural law, police, constabulary, jurisprudence, law of nature, practice of law, legal philosophy, police force

  3. law, natural law(noun)

    a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

    natural law, police, constabulary, jurisprudence, law of nature, practice of law, legal philosophy, police force

  4. law, law of nature(noun)

    a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature

    "the laws of thermodynamics"

    natural law, police, constabulary, jurisprudence, law of nature, practice of law, legal philosophy, police force

  5. jurisprudence, law, legal philosophy(noun)

    the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

    natural law, police force, police, constabulary, jurisprudence, law of nature, practice of law, legal philosophy

  6. law, practice of law(noun)

    the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system

    "he studied law at Yale"

    natural law, police, constabulary, jurisprudence, law of nature, practice of law, legal philosophy, police force

  7. police, police force, constabulary, law(noun)

    the force of policemen and officers

    "the law came looking for him"

    legal philosophy, natural law, practice of law, police, constabulary, law of nature, jurisprudence, police force

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. law

    Law, in its ideal, is the statement of a principle of right in mandatory form, by competent authority, with adequate penalty for disobedience; in common use, the term is applied to any legislative act, however imperfect or unjust. Command and commandment are personal and particular; as, the commands of a parent; the ten commandments. An edict is the act of an absolute sovereign or other authority; we speak of the edict of an emperor, the decree of a court. A mandate is specific, for an occasion or a purpose; a superior court issues its mandate to an inferior court to send up its records. Statute is the recognized legal term for a specific law; enactment is the more vague and general expression. We speak of algebraic or chemical formulas, municipal ordinances, military orders, army regulations, ecclesiastical canons, the rules of a business house. Law is often used, also, for a recognized principle, whose violation is attended with injury or loss that acts like a penalty; as, the laws of business; the laws of nature. In more strictly scientific use, a natural law is simply a recognized system of sequences or relations; as, Kepler's laws of planetary distances. A code is a system of laws; jurisprudence is the science of law, or a system of laws scientifically considered, classed, and interpreted; legislation, primarily the act of legislating, denotes also the body of statutes enacted by a legislative body. An economy (Greek oikonomia, primarily the management of a house) is any comprehensive system of administration; as, domestic economy; but the word is extended to the administration or government of a state or people, signifying a body of laws and regulations, with the entire system, political or religious, especially the latter, of which they form a part; as, the code of Draco, Roman jurisprudence, British legislation, the Mosaic economy. Law is also used as a collective noun for a system of laws or recognized rules or regulations, including not only all special laws, but the principles on which they are based. The Mosaic economy is known also as the Mosaic law, and we speak of the English common law, or the law of nations. Polity (Greek politeia, from polis, a city) signifies the form, constitution, or method of government of a nation, state, church, or other institution; in usage it differs from economy as applying rather to the system, while economy applies especially to method, or to the system as administered; an economy might be termed a polity considered with especial reference to its practical administration, hence commonly with special reference to details or particulars, while polity has more reference to broad principles.

    canon, code, command, commandment, decree, economy, edict, enactment, formula, jurisprudence, legislation, mandate, order, ordinance, polity, principle, regulation, rule, statute

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. law

    rule, edict, regulation, decree, command, order, statute, enactment, mode, method, sequence, principle, code, legislation, adjudication, jurisdiction, jurisprudence

    misrule, disorder, anarchy, rebellion, insubordination, hazard, chance, irregularity, caprice, casualty, accident

Editors Contribution

  1. writ of assistance

    the word law also means writ of assistance.

    the piligrams made a law

    Submitted by rinat on September 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. law(n.)

    rule, (prescribed by authority), regulation, canon, statute, enactment, decree, ordinance, edict, order, expressed command

  2. law(n.)

    formula, principle, form

  3. law(n.)

    code, body of rules

  4. law(n.)

    jurisprudence, science of laws, legal science

  5. law(n.)

    mosaic code

  6. law(n.)

    suit, process, litigation

  7. law(n.)

    observed order of facts, invariable sequence of phenomena

  8. law(n.)

    uniform and constant operation of any natural force (under the same conditions), method of the divine Agency, god in Nature


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  1. James Comey:

    I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year.

  2. Chief Dodd:

    We want it down as much as anyone for the family and it may be harmful to otherkids. We contacted some of the sites. They asked if they had to take it down and by law they don’t. But it’s just the common decent thing to do in my opinion.

  3. Mark Milley:

    We never introduced federal troops on the streets of America as a result of the combined efforts of the National Guard and law enforcement at quelling the violence and de-escalating very very tense situations.

  4. Liang Jianwei:

    Although such behavior is not banned by law, passengers should not be too wilful.

  5. John Winchester:

    Self-determination, which should be the central pillar of indigenous policy-making, is not reflected in the law.

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