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The law is not thrust upon man; it rests deep within him, to waken when the call comes.
Martin Buber

Meaning of "law" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LAW

Old English lagu, from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic lög (pl) things laid down, law.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LAW

law  [lɔː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LAW

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Law is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LAW MEAN IN ENGLISH?

law

Law

Law is a term which does not have a universally accepted definition, but one definition is that law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behaviour. Laws can be made by legislatures through legislation, the executive through decrees and regulations, or judges through binding precedents. Private individuals can create legally binding contracts, including arbitration agreements that exclude the normal court process. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people. A general distinction can be made between civil law jurisdictions, in which the legislature or other central body codifies and consolidates their laws, and common law systems, where judge-made binding precedents are accepted. Historically, religious laws played a significant role even in settling of secular matters, which is still the case in some religious communities, particularly Jewish, and some countries, particularly Islamic.

Definition of law in the English dictionary

The first definition of law in the dictionary is a rule or set of rules, enforceable by the courts, regulating the government of a state, the relationship between the organs of government and the subjects of the state, and the relationship or conduct of subjects towards each other. Other definition of law is the condition and control enforced by such rules. Law is also a rule of conduct.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LAW

lavolta
law agent
law and order
law centre
law clerk
law court
Law Courts
law enforcement
law enforcement agency
law enforcement officer
Law Faculty
Law French
Law Lord
Law Lords
law merchant
law of averages
law of effect
Law of Independent Assortment
law of large numbers

WORDS THAT END LIKE LAW

aw
band saw
brother-in-law
court of law
daughter-in-law
daughters-in-law
daw
draw
in-law
jaw
matter of law
outlaw
question of law
raw
saw
shaw
sons-in-law
straw
the law
Warsaw

Synonyms and antonyms of law in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LAW»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «law» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of law

Translation of «law» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LAW

Find out the translation of law to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of law from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «law» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

法律
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ley
570 millions of speakers

English

law
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कानून
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قَانُونٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

закон
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

lei
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আইন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

loi
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Undang-undang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gesetz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

法律
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Hukum
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

luật
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சட்டம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कायदा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hukuk
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

legge
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

prawo
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

закон
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lege
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

νόμος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wet
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lag
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lov
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of law

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LAW»

The term «law» is very widely used and occupies the 1.505 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LAW» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «law» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «law» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about law

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10 QUOTES WITH «LAW»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word law.
1
Eric Allman
The intellectual property situation is bad and getting worse. To be a programmer, it requires that you understand as much law as you do technology.
2
George Bancroft
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
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Roy Barnes
One thing I learned a long time ago as a prosecutor is that it's tough to get people to obey a law if there is not penalty for breaking it.
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Carol Bellamy
Thus the Convention is unequivocal in its call for children to be consulted, to have their opinions heard and to have their best interests considered when law and policies are being drafted.
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Stacey Bendet
My parents wanted me to go to law school!
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H. G. Bissinger
My grandmother got her law degree from Syracuse University in roughly 1911 and later co-founded with her husband an investment banking firm on Wall Street known as Lebenthal & Co.
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Boethius
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
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James Bovard
The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule.
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Joseph P. Bradley
The paramount destiny and mission of woman is to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. That is the law of the Creator.
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Martin Buber
The law is not thrust upon man; it rests deep within him, to waken when the call comes.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LAW»

Discover the use of law in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to law and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two
Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north.
Joe Abercrombie, 2009
2
Law's Empire
A renowned legal scholar presents a theory of law based on Anglo-American legal principles and practices, juridical interpretations, legal precedence, and a forcefully argued concept of political and legal integrity 'Ronald Dworkin is ...
Ronald Dworkin, 1986
3
Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain
What's going on here? It's the collision of documentary filmmaking and intellectual property law, and it's the inspiration for this new comic book.
Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins, 2006
4
A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law: ...
This essay is followed by four commentaries by Professors Gordon Wood, Laurence Tribe, Mary Ann Glendon, and Ronald Dworkin, who engage Justice Scalia's ideas about judicial interpretation from varying standpoints.
Antonin Scalia, Amy Gutmann, 1998
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International Air Law and ICAO
This book offers a compact - yet exhaustive - and easily comprehensible reference book that deals with the most general aspects of international air law, as well as with the constitutional issues and law-making functions of the ...
Michael Milde, 2008
6
The Rights of Refugees under International Law
This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the human rights of refugees as set by the UN Refugee Convention.
James C. Hathaway, 2005
7
Pharmacy Practice and The Law
The Sixth Edition of this best-selling text includes updates to account for new legal, regulatory and policy developments.
Richard Abood, 2010
8
An Introduction to Islamic Law
The book, which includes a chronology, a glossary of key terms, and lists of further reading, will be the first stop for those who wish to understand the fundamentals of Islamic law, its practices and history.
Wael B. Hallaq, 2009
9
Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business
Features business and legal advice for bands, covering such topics as drafting a partnership agreement, using samples, registering a band name, selling and licensing music, touring on a budget, and understanding record contracts.
Richard Stim, 2012
10
Complete International Law
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ademola Abass, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LAW»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term law is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Law Firms Take Shears to Debt Loads - WSJ
Debt is beginning to spook the legal industry. In the years since Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's collapse, law firms have cut their reliance on bank ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
2
Arizona law stakes claim over unauthorized campaign signs | The …
Signs that were installed without prior inspection could create danger around utility lines and bring hefty fines, according to a longtime state law ... «The Olympian, Jul 15»
3
'Colton's Law' Kept $3M But Not Child Protection Measures « CBS …
Lawmakers who sponsored Colton's Law say the safety measures will save lives, but the bill is a far cry from the sweeping reforms originally ... «CBS Local, Jul 15»
4
Rule of Law in America is in tatters | BizPac Review
We are no longer a nation under the “Rule of Law.” The “rule of man” now prevails, as we are more and more governed by individuals ... «BizPac Review, Jul 15»
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Cities keeping anti-discrimination measures despite new law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Most Arkansas municipalities that have adopted broader anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians say ... «Albany Times Union, Jul 15»
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Law You Can Use: Franchising your business - The News-Herald
Law You Can Use: Franchising your business. Metro Creative Connection. By Ohio State Bar Association. Posted: 07/19/15, 6:19 PM EDT | Updated: 50 secs ... «News-Herald.com, Jul 15»
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Who will grow, refine medical marijuana? Experts say state's new …
Under a new law the Legislature approved earlier this year, the AgCenters were granted the first right of refusal to hold a state-sanctioned ... «The Advocate, Jul 15»
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Scott Walker tells undocumented worker that immigrants must follow …
"My point," Walker said, "is that you have to follow the law, follow the process." Immigration has been a weak area for Walker, who announced ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
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Illegal Immigrants Are the Big Winners Under California's New …
A new Department of Motor Vehicle law took effect this year in California and the results of the first six months of its implementation are now in. «IJ Review, Jul 15»
10
Alabama lawmakers again try to tighten campaign finance law | AL …
The Alabama Legislature has again tried to tighten up the state's campaign finance law, following up on earlier efforts that haven't worked as ... «AL.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Law [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/law>. Dec 2019 ».
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