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law
American English: //
British English: /lɔː/

Translation of law in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 countable (rule, regulation) to pass a law
    aprobar una ley
    navigation laws
    leyes de navegación
    legislación (feminine) naviera
    there ought to be a law against it!
    ¡debería estar prohibido por ley!
    he's/she's a law unto himself/herself
    hace lo que le da la gana
    his bookkeeping is a law unto itself
    su sistema de contabilidad lo entiende solo él
    Example sentences
    • Before long the sports law will be amended to bring about fair play and equality in the voting system.
    • Foul language is a problem for the law makers in every sport.
    • Now out of form strikers and captains who cynically exploit the laws of the game are immune from being dropped.
    1.2 uncountable (collectively) the law to break the law
    violar or contravenir or infringir la ley
    to enforce the law
    imponer or hacer respetar la ley
    it is against the law to take them out of the country
    es ilegal or está prohibido por (la) ley sacarlos del país
    to stay within the law
    actuar dentro de la ley
    to operate within/outside the law
    operar dentro/fuera de la ley
    no one is above the law
    nadie está por encima de la ley
    in accordance with the law
    en conformidad con la ley
    de acuerdo a or con la ley
    permitted by law
    permitido por la ley
    required by law
    exigido por (la) ley
    obligatorio
    under French law
    según la ley or la legislación francesa
    these proposals became law in 1987
    estas propuestas se hicieron ley en 1987
    his word is law in this house
    en esta casa su palabra es ley
    to lay down the law
    dar órdenes
    she's already laying down the law
    ya está dando órdenes
    to take the law into one's own hands
    tomarse la justicia por su ( or mi etc) propia mano
    Example sentences
    • Adequate fencing of pools will be achieved only if fencing is both required by law and regulations are enforced.
    • This may be enforced by law, with a clause in the legislation to set up regulation of care providers.
    • We will make a change to see that justice is served and no more lives will be stolen by law enforcement.
    Example sentences
    • It doesn't take long before he's in trouble with the law but the police are prepared to do a deal with him.
    • In a previous run-in with the law, police had gunned down Edward several years ago.
    1.3 uncountable (as field, discipline)
    (profession) abogacía (feminine)
    to study law
    estudiar derecho or abogacía
    to practice law
    ejercer la abogacía
    private/international law
    derecho privado/internacional
    to enter the law (British English)
    hacerse abogado
    law student
    estudiante (masculine or feminine) de derecho
    Example sentences
    • They are not criminologists or law professors who are studying theoretical issues.
    • It is important for students of law to situate the legal doctrine of the EU in its historical and political context.
    • Criminal law is a subject of great complexity which students find both fascinating and frustrating.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (litigation) to go to law (British English)
    recurrir a los tribunales or a la justicia
    to take a case to law (British English)
    llevar un caso ante los tribunales
    a court of law
    un tribunal de justicia
    an officer of the law [formal]
    un agente de la ley
    (before noun) the law reports
    la jurisprudencia
    2.2 (police) the law [colloquial]
    la policía
    I'll have the law on you! [colloquial]
    ¡voy a llamar a la policía!
    she's been in trouble with the law before
    ya ha tenido problemas con la autoridad or con la ley
  • 3 countable or uncountable (code of conduct) laws of etiquette
    normas (feminine plural) or reglas (feminine plural) de etiqueta
    the laws of rugby
    el reglamento del rugby
    Mosaic/Koranic law (Religion)
    la ley de Moisés or mosaica/del Corán
  • 4 countable (scientific principle) the laws of nature
    las leyes de la naturaleza
    the law of gravity
    la ley de la gravedad
    Gresham's law
    la ley de Gresham
    the law of diminishing laws
    la ley de los rendimientos decrecientes

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