Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun law

7 senses of law

Sense 1
law, jurisprudence -- (the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order")
       => collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage -- (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Sense 2
law -- (legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping")
       => legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument -- ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Sense 3
law, natural law -- (a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society)
       => concept, conception, construct -- (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Sense 4
law, law of nature -- (a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics")
       => concept, conception, construct -- (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Sense 5
jurisprudence, law, legal philosophy -- (the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do)
       => philosophy -- (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)

Sense 6
law, practice of law -- (the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system; "he studied law at Yale")
       => learned profession -- (one of the three professions traditionally believed to require advanced learning and high principles)

Sense 7
police, police force, constabulary, law -- (the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him")
       => force, personnel -- (group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens")
       => law enforcement agency -- (an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws)

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