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law US English

The system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties

law US Thesaurus

a new law was passed

en passant rule US English

The rule that a pawn making a first move of two squares instead of one may nevertheless be immediately captured by an opposing pawn on the fifth rank

the law in law US English

The system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties

the Law in law US English

The Pentateuch as distinct from the other parts of the Hebrew Bible (the Prophets and the Writings)

Law, Bonar US English

(1858–1923), Canadian-born British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1922-3; full name Andrew Bonar Law. He was leader of the Conservative Party 1911–21. He retired in 1921, but returned in 1922, following Lloyd George’s resignation, to become Prime Minister for six months

Law, Denis US English

(B.1940), Scottish footballer. A striker, he made his international debut in 1958 and went on to win forty caps for Scotland. He had his greatest success with Manchester United

principle of parsimony US English

The scientific principle that things are usually connected or behave in the simplest or most economical way, especially with reference to alternative evolutionary pathways

in-law US English

A relative by marriage

at law US English

According to or concerned with the laws of a country

blue law US English

A law prohibiting certain activities, such as shopping, on a Sunday

Bode's law US English

A formula by which the distances of the first seven planets from the sun are roughly derived in terms of powers of two

canon law US English

Ecclesiastical law, especially (in the Roman Catholic Church) that laid down by papal pronouncements

case law US English

The law as established by the outcome of former cases

civil law US English

The system of law concerned with private relations between members of a community rather than criminal, military, or religious affairs

land law US English

The law governing real property

law agent US English

(In Scotland) a solicitor

law clerk US English

An assistant to a judge, typically a recent law-school graduate, whose function is to do legal research, help write opinions, and provide general assistance

law court US English

A court of law

law lord US English

(In the UK) a member of the House of Lords qualified to perform its legal work

law term US English

A period appointed for the sitting of law courts

Lenz's law US English

A law stating that the direction of an induced current is always such as to oppose the change in the circuit or the magnetic field that produces it

moral law US English

(In some systems of ethics) an absolute principle defining the criteria of right action (whether conceived as a divine ordinance or a truth of reason)

Ohm's law US English

A law stating that electric current is proportional to voltage and inversely proportional to resistance

Oral Law US English

The part of Jewish religious law believed to have been passed down by oral tradition before being collected in the Mishnah

Poor Law US English

A law relating to the support of the poor. Originally the responsibility of the parish, the relief and employment of the poor passed over to the workhouses in 1834. In the early 20th century, the Poor Law was replaced by social security

power law US English

A relationship between two quantities such that one is proportional to a fixed power of the other

Roman law US English

The law code of the ancient Romans, which forms the basis of civil law in many countries today

Salic law US English

A law excluding females from dynastic succession, especially as the alleged fundamental law of the French monarchy

Say's law US English

A law stating that supply creates its own demand

Sod's Law US English

Another name for Murphy's Law.

Poor Law New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

law on the support of the poor

Salic law New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

law excluding females from dynastic succession


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