Translation of "law" - English-Spanish dictionary

law

noun uk /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.

(Translation 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.

(Translation of “law” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)