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law

noun (RULE)    /lɔː/ US  /lɑː/
B1 [C] a rule, usually made by a government, that is used to order the way in which a society behaves: There are laws against drinking in the street. The laws governing the possession of firearms are being reviewed. They led the fight to impose laws on smoking. [or+ -ing verb + to infinitive] Many doctors backed plans for a law banning/to ban all tobacco advertising. → See also bylaw, lawsuit, lawyerRules and laws B2 [U] (often the law) the system of rules of a particular country, group, or area of activity: What does the law say about having alcohol in the blood while driving? Of course robbery is against the law! The judge ruled that the directors had knowingly broken the law. You can't take that course of action and remain within the law. They have to provide a contract by law. It was a detailed study of international human rights law.Rules and laws B2 [U] the area of knowledge or work that involves studying or working with the law : She's going to study law at university. a law firm in New York [S] informal the police: The law was/were out in force at the demonstration.The police generally go to law When someone goes to law about something, they ask a court to make a legal judgment about it.Taking legal action
(Definition of law noun (RULE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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