part of speech: noun

definition 1: the set of rules that people in a society must follow.

  • Each country has its own system of law.

synonyms: code, constitution

definition 2: any one rule that government makes and that people in a society must obey.

  • According to the law, you must be eighteen years of age to vote.

synonyms: act, principle, regulation, rule

definition 3: a force or principle that something is based on.

  • “What goes up must come down” is a law of nature.

synonyms: principle

definition 4: the science, study, or profession dealing with legal matters.

  • One must go to school for many years in order to have a career in law.

definition 5: the people or groups who enforce the rules in a society (used with “the”).

  • He’s in trouble with the law again.

synonyms: authorities, cops, police

Word Builder: law +

lawful: according to the law; allowed by law.
unlawful: against the law; not allowed by law.
lawfully: in a lawful way; legal.