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law

noun /loː/
the collection of rules according to which people live or a country etc is governed
ley
Breaking the speed limit is against the law law and order.
any one of such rules
ley
A new law has been passed by Parliament.
(in science) a rule that says that under certain conditions certain things always happen
ley
the law of gravity.
lawful adjective (opposite unlawful) allowed by law
legal, lícito
He was attacked while going about his lawful business.
just or rightful
legítimo
She is the lawful owner of the property.
lawfully adverb
legalmente
He lawfully purchased the gun.
lawless adjective paying no attention to, and not keeping, the law
sin ley, ilegal
In its early days, the American West was full of lawless men.
lawlessly adverb
ilegalmente
lawlessness noun
ilegalidad
lawyer /ˈloːjə/ noun a person whose work it is to know about and give advice and help to others concerning the law
abogado
If you want to make your will, consult a lawyer.
law-abiding adjective obeying the law
respetuoso de la ley
a law-abiding citizen.
law court noun ( also court of law) a place where people accused of crimes are tried and legal disagreements between people are judged.
tribunal de justicia
lawsuit noun a quarrel or disagreement taken to a court of law to be settled
pleito, proceso
She has threatened to file a lawsuit against him.
be a law unto oneself to be inclined not to obey rules or follow the usual customs and conventions
dictar sus propias leyes
Lucy is something of a law unto herself – you never quite know what she is going to do next.
the law noun the police
la policía
The thief was still in the building when the law arrived.
the law of the land noun the established law of a country.
la ley del país
lay down the law to state something in a way that indicates that one expects one’s opinion and orders to be accepted without argument
hablar autoritariamente
With young children you have to lay down the law so that they clearly know right from wrong.
(Definition of law from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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