the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision.
any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution.
Compare bylaw, statute law.
the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their observance:
maintaining law and order.
a system or collection of such rules.
the department of knowledge concerned with these rules; jurisprudence:
to study law.
the body of such rules concerned with a particular subject or derived from a particular source:
an act of the supreme legislative body of a state or nation, as distinguished from the constitution.
the principles applied in the courts of common law, as distinguished from equity.
the profession that deals with law and legal procedure:
to practice law.
legal action; litigation:
to go to law.
a person, group, or agency acting officially to enforce the law:
The law arrived at the scene soon after the alarm went off.
any rule or injunction that must be obeyed:
Having a nourishing breakfast was an absolute law in our household.
a rule or principle of proper conduct sanctioned by conscience, concepts of natural justice, or the will of a deity:
a moral law.
a rule or manner of behavior that is instinctive or spontaneous:
the law of self-preservation.
a statement of a relation or sequence of phenomena invariable under the same conditions.
a mathematical rule.
a principle based on the predictable consequences of an act, condition, etc.:
the law of supply and demand.
a rule, principle, or convention regarded as governing the structure or the relationship of an element in the structure of something, as of a language or work of art:
the laws of playwriting; the laws of grammar.
a commandment or a revelation from God.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a divinely appointed order or system.
the Law, Law of Moses.
the preceptive part of the Bible, especially of the New Testament, in contradistinction to its promises:
the law of Christ.
British Sports. an allowance of time or distance given a quarry or competitor in a race, as the head start given a fox before the hounds are set after it.
Chiefly Dialect. to sue or prosecute.
British. (formerly) to expeditate (an animal).
be a law to / unto oneself, to follow one’s own inclinations, rules of behavior, etc.; act independently or unconventionally, especially without regard for established mores.
lay down the law,
to state one’s views authoritatively.
to give a command in an imperious manner:
The manager laid down the law to the workers.
take the law into one’s own hands, to administer justice as one sees fit without recourse to the usual law enforcement or legal processes:
The townspeople took the law into their own hands before the sheriff took action.
(used as an exclamation expressing astonishment.)
[bon-er] /ˈbɒn ər/ (Show IPA), 1858–1923, English statesman, born in Canada: prime minister 1922–23.
John, 1671–1729, Scottish financier.
William, 1686–1761, English clergyman and devotional writer.
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- Be a law unto oneself
the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision. any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people […]
covered with pebbles or sand. Contemporary Examples Not enough to retire instantly to somewhere warm and beachy, but a pleasant increment to my nest egg. How to Save it and Where Megan McArdle February 18, 2013 Historical Examples Each of these gaps was held and guarded by a castle while the level eastward of beachy […]
an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore. the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves. the area adjacent to a seashore: We’re vacationing at the beach. Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach: We beached the ship to save it. to […]
- Beachy head
a chalk headland on the SE coast of England, on the English Channel near Eastbourne, Sussex. 575 feet (175 meters) high. Historical Examples Each of these gaps was held and guarded by a castle while the level eastward of Beachy Head was held by Pevensey. England of My Heart–Spring Edward Hutton Cornish choughs abound, and […]