Law (Legal Systems)

Definition

law
–noun
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, [[http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=statute law|statute law]].
3.
the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their observance: maintaining law and order.
4.
a system or collection of such rules.
5.
the department of knowledge concerned with these rules; jurisprudence: to study law.
6.
the body of such rules concerned with a particular subject or derived from a particular source: commercial law.
7.
an act of the supreme legislative body of a state or nation, as distinguished from the constitution.
8.
the principles applied in the courts of common law, as distinguished from equity.
9.
the profession that deals with law and legal procedure: to practice law.
10.
legal action; litigation: to go to law.

(Citation)

law. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved November 20, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/law