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law

noun   /lɔː/
B1 the subject or job of understanding and dealing with the laws of a country derecho I studied law at college.
an official rule in a country ley There are laws against drinking in the street.
the law
the system of official rules in a country la ley You’re breaking the law. It’s against the law (= illegal) not to wear seat belts.
by law
If you have to do something by law, it is illegal not to do it. por ley Children have to go to school by law.
(Definition of law from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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