NounLaw (countable and uncountable; plural laws)
- (uncountable) The body of rules and standards issued by a government, or to be applied by courts and similar authorities.
- By law, one is not allowed to own a wallaby in New York City.
- A particular such rule.
- A new law forbids driving on that road.
- (more generally) A written or understood rule that concerns behaviours and the appropriate consequences thereof. Laws are usually associated with mores.
- "Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you" is a good law to follow.
- A one-sided contract.
- A well-established, observed physical characteristic or behavior of nature.
- Newton and Einstein understood the law of gravitation in very different ways.
- (mathematics) A statement that is true under specified conditions.
- A category of English "common law" petitions that request monetary relief, as opposed to relief in forms other than a monetary judgment; compare to "equity".
- (cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the MCC.
- (slang, uncountable) The police.
- Here comes the law — run!
- (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to chaos.
NounLaw (plural Laws)
- (obsolete) a tumulus of stones
- (Scottish and northern dialectal, archaic) a hill
- You might climb the Law [...] and behold the face of many counties. (Robert Louis Stevenson Across the Plains, 1892)
Adjectives for Law
immutable; sacred; penal; violated; stringent; fundamental; impartial; salutary; comprehensive; valid; international; eternal; sumptuary; important; traditional; inexorable; remedial; flagitious changeless; singular; angry; constricting physical; standing; secular; unwritten common; mild; conciliatory; criminal; invariable; certain; efficacious; unfailing; adequate; inoperative; severest; bloody; existing; conscription; never-to-be-formulated; geometric; organic; unspectacular; non-corporation; bogus; supreme; primitive; scientific; radiant; antiquated; prohibitory; uniform; rigorous; hideous; undiscriminating; drastic; continuous; all-building; recorded; subjective; severe; inescapable; biting; benignant; unconstitutional; sharp; evident; economic; oppressive; empirical; righteous; anatomic; deathless; conservation; mundane; beneficent; harsh; sumptuary; cere¬monial; querulous; sanguine; chancery; rigid; outraged; unequal; civil; social; hidden; substantive; obnoxious; mortal; stern; slavery-fashioned; ungracious; admirable; dramatic; academic; irreversible; active; indwelling; immovable; murderous; primal; unwieldy; tyrannical; blind; furious; unreasoning; crude; complex; clumsy; fiery; brutal; underlying; strictest; sordid; indiscreet; fantastical; expiring; ridiculous; restraining; proposed; express; protective; ultimate; martial; fallible; human; intolerant; preadjusted; physiological; clocklike.
Verbs for Law
amend—; administer—; apply—; array against—; bow to—; challenge—; circum¬vent—; clarify—; codify—; comply with—; comprehend—; conform to—; defy—; denounce—; dispute—; disregard—; dodge—; draft—; elude—; enact—; enforce—; expound—; flout—; forge—; forsake—; frame —; grind out—s; heed—; impose by—; infringe—; instigate—; interpret—; invoke—; mock—; modify—; nullify—; promulgate—; rail against—; ratify—; repeal—; repudiate —; resist—; run afoul of—; stiffen—; subject to—; supersede—; supplant—; suspend —; sustain—; systematize—; tamper witl- —; tighten—; transgress—; uphold—; — broadens; —clamps down; —curbs; —de¬crees; —defines; —differentiates; —empowers; —isolates; —prescribes; —relaxes; —restricts; —sanctions; —stipulates.
Dogberry, Eighteenth Amendment, John Law, Procrustean law, Prohibition Party, Volstead Act, a priori truth, act, appointment, assize, axiom, ban, bill, bluecoat, bobby, brevet, bring action against, bring into court, bring suit, bring to justice, bring to trial, brocard, bull, bylaw, canon, code, command, commandment, contraband, convention, cop, copper, criminology, criterion, declaration, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, denial, dick, dictate, dictation, dictum, diktat, disallowance, drag into court, edict, edictum, embargo, enactment, exclusion, exigency, fiat, flatfoot, flattie, forbiddance, forbidden fruit, forbidding, forensic psychiatry, form, formality, formula, formulary, fundamental, gendarme, general principle, go into litigation, go to law, golden rule, guideline, guiding principle, gumshoe, imperative, implead, index, index expurgatorius, index librorum prohibitorum, inhibition, injunction, institute, institution, interdict, interdiction, interdictum, ipse dixit, jurisprudence, jus, law of nature, legal chemistry, legal medicine, legal science, legislation, lex, litigate, mandate, maxim, measure, medical jurisprudence, medico-legal medicine, mitzvah, moral, necessity, no-no, nomography, norm, norma, order of nature, ordinance, ordonnance, peeler, pig, postulate, precept, preclusion, prescribed form, prescript, prescription, prevention, principium, principle, proclamation, prohibition, prohibitory injunction, pronouncement, pronunciamento, proposition, proscription, prosecute, prosecute at law, put in suit, put on trial, refusal, regulation, rejection, repression, rescript, restrictive covenants, rubric, rule, ruling, ruling out, seek in law, seek justice, self-evident truth, senatus consult, senatus consultum, set form, settled principle, shamus, standard, standing order, statute, sue, sumptuary laws, suppression, taboo, take to court, tenet, the cops, the fuzz, the law, theorem, truism, truth, ukase, universal law, universal truth, working principle, working rule, zoning, zoning laws
- (UK) enPR: lô, IPA: /lɔː/, SAMPA: /lO:/
- (US) enPR: lô, IPA: /lɔ/, SAMPA: /lO/
- (cot–caught merger) enPR: lä, IPA: /lɑ/, SAMPA: /lA/
- Homophone: lore (in some non-rhotic accents)
From Middle English lawe, laȝe, from Old English lagu (“law”), from Old Norse *lagu, an early plural form of lag, lǫg (“layer, stratum, a laying in order, measure, stroke, law”, literally “something laid down or fixed”), from Proto-Germanic *lagan (“that which is laid down”), from Proto-Indo-European *legh- (“to lie”). Cognate with Icelandic lög (“things laid down, law”), Swedish lag (“law”), Danish lov (“law”). Replaced Old English ǣ and gesetnes. More at lay.
- The translations below need to be checked.
NounLaw (plural Laws)
- To be crazy