The fundamental law of the state, containing the principles
upon which a government is founded, and regulating the divisions of its
sovereign powers, directing to what persons each of these powers is to
be confined, and the manner it is to be exercised.
whole of any people united into one body politic for the defense of
their rights, and to do right and justice to others.
The grant of a sovereign securing the enjoyment of certain rights, or
the act of creating a corporation, or the document signifying such grant
and ordinances made by a corporation for its own government that define
rights and obligations within its structure.
Principles or guidelines prescribed for conduct or action.
The lesser laws of a corporation.
or laws established by a religious order.
rule or order prescribed for the management of government by an
executive authority relating to the action of those under its control
and having the force and effect of law.
Instruction, communicating of knowledge and training to observe and act
in accordance with rules and orders.
A rule, principle, theory, or tenet (position held) of law.
(Where are you coming from?) A fundamental truth or doctrine, as of law;
a comprehensive rule of doctrine which furnishes a basis or origin for
others; a settled rule of action, procedure, or legal determination. A
truth or proposition so clear that it cannot be proved or contradicted
unless by a proposition which is still clearer.
(Where are you now?) A rule imposing a standard of conduct or action.
(Where are you going?) That which one sets before him to accomplish or
attain; an end sought, intention, or aim; an object to be attained,
plan, or project.
Law handout: What is Law © 1997 (Rev. 2/14/00)