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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. law, jurisprudencenoun

    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. lawnoun

    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 lawnoun

    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 naturenoun

    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 philosophynoun

    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 lawnoun

    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, lawnoun

    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

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. lawnoun

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

  2. lawnoun

    formula, principle, form

  3. lawnoun

    code, body of rules

  4. lawnoun

    jurisprudence, science of laws, legal science

  5. lawnoun

    mosaic code

  6. lawnoun

    suit, process, litigation

  7. lawnoun

    observed order of facts, invariable sequence of phenomena

  8. lawnoun

    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. Benjamin Brafman:

    These issues undermine the fundamental integrity of the judicial process, this case is falling apart because it is a fundamentally bad case and bad cases eventually fall apart even when law enforcement officials try and stack the deck against the accused.

  2. General Mills Inc on Friday:

    Vermont state law requires us to start labeling certain grocery store food packages that contain GMO ingredients or face significant fines, we can't label our products for only one state without significantly driving up costs for our consumers and we simply will not do that.

  3. Loretta Lynch:

    The televising of the police dogs and the fire hoses on young people then was a motivating factor and wake-up call really for people within the U.S. and outside the U.S. to really face the issues of racial unrest in America, similarly we're at a situation where viewing these videos, viewing these incidents of misconduct, of deaths occurring -- hard as they are to see -- is giving an opportunity to talk about this. And frankly, it's giving law enforcement the opportunity to step forward, to be accountable and talk about what is and is not effective policing.

  4. Denis Doughlin:

    I think Floyd thought taking his hat was disrespectful and it looks like it has lit a fire under him from what I saw at the gym, i was very impressed. I think that had to do with the Jake Paul brothers p — ing Jake Paul off. MIKE TYSON'S EX-TRAINER WANTED TO' KILL' CHAMP OVER INAPPROPRIATE INCIDENT INVOLVING SISTER-IN-LAW.

  5. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    The state wants to go forward, they should be able to go forward without legal impediments from the federal government, and that's what this legislation is about, colorado wants to legalize marijuana, it's their decision. If Alabama does not want to legalize marijuana, that's their decision. But if a state wants to go forward, it should be able to do so without impediments from the federal government, which now prevent stores that sell marijuana from using banks, because that's in violation of federal law.

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