Associations to the word «Law»


LAW, noun. (uncountable) The body of rules and standards issued by a government, or to be applied by courts and similar authorities.
LAW, noun. A particular such rule.
LAW, noun. (more generally) A written or understood rule that concerns behaviours and their consequences. Laws are usually associated with mores.
LAW, noun. (scientific) (strictly) A well-established, observed physical characteristic or behavior of nature. The word is used to simply identify "what happens," without implying any explanatory mechanism or causation. Compare to theory.
LAW, noun. (mathematics) A statement that is true under specified conditions.
LAW, noun. A category of English "common law" petitions that request monetary relief, as opposed to relief in forms other than a monetary judgment; compare to "equity".
LAW, noun. (cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the MCC.
LAW, noun. (slang) (uncountable) () The police.
LAW, noun. (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to chaos.
LAW, noun. An oath, as in the presence of a court. See wager of law.
LAW, noun. (obsolete) a tumulus of stones
LAW, noun. (Scottish and northern dialectal, archaic) a hill
LAW, interjection. (dated) An exclamation of mild surprise; lawks.
LAW, proper noun. A patronymic surname​.
LAW, proper noun. A diminutive of Lawrence.
LAW, proper noun. A topographic surname​, perhaps originally meaning someone who lives near a burial mound.
LAW, proper noun. (Scotland) a conical hill
LAW, proper noun. (Judaism) the Torah
LAW, proper noun. (Christianity) a generic term which can refer to the Divine commandments (primarily the Decalogue), the Old Testament in general or, most specifically, the Torah.
LAW AND ORDER, noun. (dated) (17th century) The principles under which the world and its components operate.
LAW AND ORDER, noun. The strict enforcement of law, statutes, and social conventions.
LAW BINDING, noun. A plain style of leather binding, used for law books.
LAW CLERK, noun. (legal) a clerk who assists a judge with legal proceedings. Depending on the court, such positions may be professional careers or may be temporary positions for graduating law students.
LAW ENFORCEMENT, noun. Insuring obedience to law.
LAW ENFORCEMENT, noun. The various government agencies involved in the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals.
LAW FIRM, noun. (legal) A business formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law.
LAW FIRMS, noun. Plural of law firm
LAW FRENCH, proper noun. (legal) The body of now archaic legal terms used in the United Kingdom descended from the Anglo-Norman dialect of Old French.
LAW LATIN, noun. Alternative term for legal Latin.
LAW LATIN, noun. (1811) (jocular) (obsolete) Barbarous Latin.
LAW LEATHER, noun. (historical) A specific kind and grade of sheepskin leather traditionally used for binding statute books and other official documents.
LAW OF ATTRACTION, proper noun. (new age) The belief that thinking about something attracts it and causes it to manifest in your life.
LAW OF AVERAGES, noun. (statistics) The statistical tendency toward a fixed proportion in the results when an experiment is repeated a large number of times; the law of large numbers.
LAW OF AVERAGES, noun. (informal) An imaginary or perceived "law" of probabilities which is wrongly used to predict results in the short-term.
LAW OF CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, noun. (physics) The law stating that the total amount of energy in any isolated system remains constant, and cannot be created or destroyed, although it may change forms.
LAW OF CONSERVATION OF NINJUTSU, proper noun. (narratology) (fiction) (informal) (humorous) In a fictional fight, the phenomenon of the team with fewer people often being apparently more powerful than the other team.
LAW OF COSINES, noun. (trigonometry) A statement that relates the lengths of the sides of a triangle to the cosine of one of its angles.
LAW OF DEMETER, proper noun. (software) (object-oriented) A design guideline for developing particularly object-oriented programs that mandates loose coupling between objects.
LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY, noun. (economics) In economics, the theory there is a general decrease in the utility of a product, as more units of it are consumed.
LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS, noun. The tendency for a continuing effort toward a particular goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain amount of success has been achieved.
LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS, noun. (economics) A relationship between input and output, such that adding units of any one input (labour, capital etc.) to fixed amounts of the others will yield successively smaller increments of output.
LAW OF DOUBLE NEGATION, noun. (logic) The statement that the negation of the negation of A implies A, for any proposition A. Stated symbolically: \( \neg \neg A \to A \).
LAW OF EXCLUDED MIDDLE, noun. (logic) A principle of classical logic which states all statements must be either true or false, i.e. in symbols: \( P \vee \neg P \).
LAW OF HOBSON-JOBSON, noun. The rule that words or phrases borrowed between languages will be modified in their pronunciation as necessary to conform to the set of sounds used by the borrowing language.
LAW OF IDENTITY, noun. (logic) The rule of classical logic, that anything equals itself. Expressed by the symbolic equation A=A.
LAW OF JANTE, proper noun. A supposed negative pattern of group behavior in Scandinavian communities toward people who achieve individual success.
LAW OF LARGE NUMBERS, noun. (statistics) The statistical tendency toward a fixed ratio in the results when an experiment is repeated a large number of times; law of averages.
LAW OF NATURE, noun. A physical law (a scientific generalization based upon empirical observation)
LAW OF NATURE, noun. A natural law (any of a number of doctrines in moral, political and legal theory)
LAW OF NON-CONTRADICTION, noun. Alternative spelling of law of noncontradiction
LAW OF NONCONTRADICTION, noun. (logic) The principle that no statement may be simultaneously true and false at the same time and in the same sense.
LAW OF NONTRIVIALITY, noun. (logic) The rule that states that not all propositions are true, the opposite of trivialism.
LAW OF SINES, noun. (trigonometry) A statement that relates the lengths of the sides of a triangle to the sines of its angles.
LAW OF THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE, noun. Alternative form of law of excluded middle
LAW OF THE JUNGLE, noun. (idiomatic) The survival of the fittest, strongest or most cunning
LAW OF THE LAND, noun. (legal) A particular law or the complete set of laws currently in effect within a jurisdiction, especially with emphasis on the official and authoritative nature of such law.
LAW OF THE TONGUE, noun. Appropriate control of one's words.
LAW OF THE TONGUE, noun. (Can we verify([1]) this sense?) An implicit agreement between whalers of Eden, Australia, and local orcas, in which the orcas would invite whalers on a whale hunt, in exchange for dibs on the catch, primarily the whale's tongue.
LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, noun. An adage which proposes that every act has unintended consequences.
LAW REVIEW, noun. (legal): A scholarly journal focusing on legal issues, normally published by an organization of students at a law school or through a bar association.
LAW REVIEW, noun. (legal): An article published in such a journal.
LAW REVIEW, noun. (legal): The student organization responsible for publishing such a scholarly journal.
LAW REVIEWS, noun. Plural of law review
LAW SCHOOL, noun. A post-graduate academic program in which students are prepared for the practice of law
LAW SCHOOL, noun. A building which houses such an academic program
LAW SCHOOLS, noun. Plural of law school
LAW STUDENT, noun. (legal) a student who studies the law. Someone enrolled in a school for legal education.
LAW SUIT, noun. Alternative form of lawsuit

Dictionary definition

LAW, 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".
LAW, noun. Legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping".
LAW, noun. A rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society.
LAW, noun. A generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics".
LAW, noun. The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do.
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".
LAW, noun. The force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him".

Wise words

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.