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law

noun
 
 
/lɔː/
the law B2 the system of official rules in a country: You're breaking the law. It's against the law (= illegal) not to wear seat belts. It's their job to enforce the law.Legislation and law-makingRules and laws
by law B2 If you have to do something by law, it is illegal not to do it: They have to provide a contract by law.Legislation and law-makingRules and lawsGiving orders and commands
RULE [C] B2 an official rule in a country: There are laws against drinking in the street. They led the fight to impose laws on smoking.Legislation and law-makingRules and laws
law and order the obeying of laws in society: a breakdown in law and orderObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviourSocial order and disorder
SUBJECT [U] B1 the subject or job of understanding and dealing with the official laws of a country: to study/practise law a law school/firm a specialist in civil/criminal lawSubjects and disciplines
ALWAYS TRUE [C] something that is always true in science, mathematics, etc.: the laws of nature/physics the law of averages/gravityPhilosophyIdeas, concepts and theories
→  See also brother-in-law , common-law , daughter-in-law , father-in-law , in-laws , martial law , mother-in-law , sister-in-law , son-in-law , lay down the law
Translations of “law”
in Korean 법학, 법…
in Arabic قانون…
in French loi(s), législation, loi…
in Turkish yasa, kanun, hukuk…
in Italian legge, diritto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 規定, 法,法律, 法律制度,法律體系…
in Russian закон, право, правоведение…
in Polish prawo…
in Spanish ley…
in Portuguese Direito, lei…
in German das Recht, das Gesetz…
in Catalan dret, llei…
in Japanese 法学, 法律…
in Chinese (Simplified) 规定, 法,法律, 法律制度,法律体系…
(Definition of law from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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