law

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a rule or set of rules by which a country is governed

Accounting

  • noun a rule governing some aspect of human activity made and enforced by the state

Aviation

  • noun a basic principle describing a relationship observed to be unchanging between things while particular conditions are met

Electronics

  • A statement which describes a phenomenon, or a relationship between phenomena, under specified conditions and which has been proven or is assumed to hold true. For example, the law of energy conservation, or the law of charge conservation.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a system of rules and regulations used by a government or society to control business agreements, social relationships and crime

Law

  • noun a written or unwritten rule by which a country is governed and the activities of people and organisations are controlled

Military

  • noun
    (written as LAW)
    a hand-held anti-tank rocket used by infantry.
  • acronym forlight anti-tank weapon
    (written as LAW)

Politics

  • noun all the statutes of a country taken together
  • noun a general rule

Travel

  • noun one of the rules by which a country is governed and the activities of people and organisations are controlled

Origin & History of “law”

Etymologically, a law is that which has been ‘laid’ down. English borrowed the word from Old Norse *lagu (replacing the native Old English ǣ ‘law’), which was the plural of lag ‘laying, good order’. this came ultimately from the prehistoric Germanic base *lag- ‘put’, from which English gets lay. It has no etymological connection with the semantically similar legal.
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