Adjective "law" definition and examples

(Law may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/lɔː/

Definitions and examples

noun

The system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.
  1. 'they were taken to court for breaking the law'
  2. 'Some people can get away with breaking the law and others face penalties.'
  3. 'Such litigation brings the law and our legal system into disrepute; and to my mind correctly so.'
  4. 'Indeed it is in a sense not one which is laid down by law at all.'
  5. 'In countries where military service is compulsory, failure to perform this duty is frequently punishable by law.'
  6. 'Each of the offices is empowered within the limits set out by law.'
  7. 'Constitutional law requires that jury pools must be a fair cross-section of the community and not systematically racially biased.'
  8. 'Adequate fencing of pools will be achieved only if fencing is both required by law and regulations are enforced.'
  9. 'This may be enforced by law, with a clause in the legislation to set up regulation of care providers.'
  10. 'The police are law enforcers, they abide by the laws they must enforce.'
  11. 'Employers or scheme operators who do not execute this duty immediately for their members are breaking the law.'
  12. 'You must also by law declare certain pecuniary interests in the statutory register kept for this purpose.'
  13. 'a new law was passed to make divorce easier and simpler'
  14. 'The law that had to be applied is the law of negligence, in essence, perhaps the laws of evidence.'
  15. 'He was above the law and could not be constrained either by the courts or by laws passed by Congress.'
  16. 'The fourth principle is respect for confidentiality and the data protection laws.'
  17. 'At the same time, however, we need to oppose the divisive asylum system and the immigration laws that underpin it.'
  18. 'In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, a dozen states passed draconian anti-terrorism laws.'
  19. 'It is entirely independent of the copyright laws, and their extension into the domain of art.'
  20. 'The rules have been around since the mediaeval laws about champerty and barratry.'
  21. 'Is it time to review the laws on ownership of intellectual property and copyright?'
  22. 'Although English copyright law applied to Scotland, it was not enforceable in Ireland until after the Union of 1800.'
  23. 'Are defamation laws used to gag the discussion of matters of public interest?'
  24. as modifier 'a law firm'
  25. 'If the law firm fails to ensure clarity, the law firm pays the price.'
  26. 'In fact, it was his father who advised him to study law and take up the legal profession.'
  27. 'He resigned after four years to study law; he practised as a barrister for several years, without success.'
  28. 'I note that the retained law firm does not take legal aid certificates.'
  29. 'I would rather be a law professor than anything else, including a judge.'
  30. 'It is important for students of law to situate the legal doctrine of the EU in its historical and political context.'
  31. 'They had two Washington law firms write legal letters demanding that the ads not be run.'
  32. 'In the duration of the course law students read many subjects and cover volumes of materials.'
  33. 'Criminal law is a subject of great complexity which students find both fascinating and frustrating.'
  34. 'The disciplined practise or study of law does require you state concrete propositions with precision.'
  35. 'I know of another example of non-enforced statutes of law that always shock people when I tell them about it.'
  36. 'Common law provides a way for property rights to evolve from the bottom up.'
  37. 'Yet often what trial courts apply is common law - law that was made by other judges.'
  38. 'You then need to look to State statute or common law for the content of the law and for the remedy.'
  39. 'As long you do not get too far away from the statute which is the law that you have to apply.'
  40. 'Common law and statutory rights continue to exist alongside the Convention.'
  41. 'A very small part of the Common or Statute Law of England is law there by this maxim.'
  42. 'he had supreme control—what he said was law'
  43. 'I guess anything and everything he says is law around here…'
  44. 'he'd never been in trouble with the law in his life'
  45. 'In a previous run-in with the law, police had gunned down Edward several years ago.'
A rule defining correct procedure or behaviour in a sport.
  1. 'He helped athletes to cheat, using drugs that broke sport's doping laws.'
  2. 'Foul language is a problem for the law makers in every sport.'
  3. 'Glover agreed that too many people who play the game do not know or understand the laws of the game.'
  4. 'His walk-off was totally without warning and against both the spirit and the laws of the game.'
  5. 'Regardless of whether or not is is true it does point to one of the unwritten laws of football: local derbies are a bit special.'
  6. 'It was up to the referee to judge whether they stayed within the laws of the game and punish them if they didn't.'
  7. 'The referee had made his mark on the match, it was now up to both sides to play the game within his interpretation of the laws.'
  8. 'Sport is a human activity and we have people, because of the laws of the game, who are able to adjudicate the game.'
  9. 'The laws of the game should be simple to understand, a test this latest incarnation sadly fails.'
  10. 'A strong figure is needed to administer the laws of the game for ninety minutes.'
A statement of fact, deduced from observation, to the effect that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present.
  1. 'Scientific laws were to be seen as agents in the implementation of this purpose in the cosmos in general and on earth in particular.'
  2. 'No, you are dealing with certain laws, scientific laws in relation to human tissues.'
  3. 'It is governed by scientific laws, and is or can be an object of discovery.'
  4. 'Electrons and atoms are not like tiny snooker balls bouncing around in accordance with Newton's laws.'
  5. 'Finally, the interrelations of event-chains is what scientific causal laws describe.'
  6. 'The third law is included in most thermodynamics texts, but is not recognised by all as a law of thermodynamics.'
  7. 'The zeroth law of thermodynamics is commonly expressed as heat flowing from hot to cold objects.'
  8. 'The barrier we are hitting is basically the barrier set by the laws of atomic physics.'
  9. 'In physics, this is the law of thermodynamics: that heat will always flow from hot to cold.'
  10. 'In 1893 Wien stated his displacement law of blackbody radiation spectra at different temperatures.'
  11. 'the first law of American corporate life is that dead wood floats'
  12. 'One of very few universally valid laws of history is the law of unintended consequences.'
  13. 'The patterns I have been discussing in this section are of course generalizations, not iron laws.'
  14. 'Struggle is the law of existence and suffering is a condition for progress.'
The body of divine commandments as expressed in the Bible or other religious texts.
  1. 'The Old Testament is not just a book of history, law and prophecy.'
  2. 'Even when danger is not imminent, religious law may be violated to prevent the risk of future danger.'
  3. 'Traditionalists tend to be the vast majority of Muslims when it comes to the classical Islamic law.'
  4. 'Are Christians to take all the Old Testament law as applying to them?'
  5. 'Yet it takes only one sin for us to stand condemned according to God's holy law.'
  6. 'Nowhere in Scripture is the Old Testament law divided into moral/civil and ceremonial.'
  7. 'All our life we live knowing that God's justice demands satisfaction for our transgression of God's law.'
  8. 'It recognizes the Ten Commandments as eternal law and the Old Testament as Holy Writ.'
  9. 'The priest and the Levite who pass by unconcerned are the Old Testament law and prophets.'
  10. 'We know that still this Law calls us to rest from work and to worship God.'
  11. 'They would rather kill Jesus than violate the Law - a Law originally intended to help the people of Israel remain inside the covenant with God.'
  12. 'Instead he follows Jewish law for the Jews to punish them in case of crimes like theft, murders and rape or adultery.'
  13. 'The day of worship was changed from the Sabbath under the Law of Moses in the time following Jesus' death and resurrection.'
  14. 'For example, at one time the ceremonial Law of Moses required that the Jews not wear clothing of mixed threads.'
  15. 'He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given.'
  16. 'As it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.'
  17. 'During this visit, the believers from Jerusalem began to insist that the Gentile Christians in Antioch adopt all the prescriptions of the Law of Moses.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their ob

More examples(as adjective)

"agencies can be law."

"wishes can be law."

"routes can be law."

"reforms can be law."

"professors can be law."

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Origin

(law)Old English lagu, from Old Norse lag ‘something laid down or fixed’, of Germanic origin and related to lay.

Phrase

at (or in) law
be a law unto oneself
go to law
law and order
lay down the law
take the law into one's own hands
take someone to law
there's no law against it