1 another term for natural law (sense 1), natural law (sense 2).
- We are only beginning to understand the laws of nature.
- But as the days wear on it becomes clear that, in this lifeboat in the middle of nowhere, the only things that survives are the brutal laws of nature.
- If you're scientist, you want to prove X causes Y, because you're trying to figure out the laws of nature.
2 informal A regularly occurring or apparently inevitable phenomenon observable in human society: ‘How did we get so much stuff?’ ‘It’s a law of nature—however much space you have, you fill it.’
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- Raise the regulatory barrier, pay more money: it's a law of nature.
- There's no law of nature that says service jobs are inevitably low paid and without benefits.
- This is because it's patently against the laws of nature to clean clothes without getting them wet.
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