Synonyms of law
1 constitutionDictionary • Obscene and threatening phone calls are against the law.
constitution • The king was forced to adopt a new constitution which reduced his powers.
code • This crime is included in the penal code on treason.
legislation • legislation to protect women's rights
charter • The Prime Minister also attacked the social charter.
2 the police • If you lot don't stop fighting I'll have the law round.
the police force
law enforcement agency
the boys in blue (informal)
the fuzz (slang) • The fuzz want to question you.
the Old Bill (slang)
3 statuteDictionary • The law was passed on a second vote.
statute • a new statute to take in both pay and discrimination laws
act • an Act of Parliament
command • The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop.
regulation • new safety regulations
decree • He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
enactment • enactments which empowered the court to require security to be given
edict • In 1741 Catherine the Great issued an edict of toleration for Buddhism.
4 ruleDictionary • the laws of the Church of England
rule • the rule against retrospective prosecution
order • They were arrested and executed on the orders of Stalin.
standard • My father has always had high moral standards.
regulation • They also have responsibility for the regulation of nurseries.
decree • court decrees relating to marital property
maxim • I believe in the maxim 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
ordinance • ordinances that restrict building development
tenet • Non-violence is the central tenet of their faith.
dictum • the dictum that it is preferable to be roughly right than precisely wrong
precept • the precepts of Buddhism
5 principleDictionary • inflexible moral laws
principle • a violation of the basic principles of Marxism
standard • systems that were by later standards absurdly primitive
formula • The new peace formula means hostilities have ended.
criterion • Exam results shouldn't be the only criterion for your choice of school.
canon • These measures offended all the accepted canons of political economy.
axiom • the long-held axiom that education leads to higher income
kaupapa (New Zealand)
6 the legal professionDictionary • a career in law
the legal profession
IDIOM:▷ lay down the law
PROVERBS:Hard cases make bad laws
One law for the rich, and another for the poor
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actAn Act is a law passed by the government.
• an Act of Parliament
axiomAn axiom is a statement or idea which people accept as being true.
• the long-held axiom that education leads to higher income
• These measures offended all the accepted canons of political economy.
Thesaurus for law from the Collins English Thesaurus
a rule or set of rules, enforceable by the courts, regulating the government of a state, the relationship between the organs of government and the subjects of the state, and the relationship or conduct of subjects towards each other