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1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

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32359 law LAW, n. [L. lex; from the root of lay. See lay. A law is that which is laid, set or fixed, like statute, constitution, from L. statuo. ]1. A
32360 law-day LAW-DAY, n 1. A day of open court. 2. A leet or sheriff's tourn.
32361 lawful LAW'FUL, a. 1. Agreeable to law; conformable to law; allowed by law; legal; legitimate. That is deemed lawful which no law forbids, but many things are
32362 lawfully LAW'FULLY, adv. Legally; in accordance with law; without violating law. We may lawfully do what the laws do not forbid.
32363 lawfulness LAW'FULNESS, n. The quality of being conformable to law; legality. The lawfulness of an action does not always prove its propriety or expedience.
32364 lawgiver LAW'GIVER, n. [law and give. ] One who makes or enacts a law; a legislator.
32365 lawgiving LAW'GIVING, a. Making or enacting laws; legislative.
32366 lawing LAW'ING, n. Expeditation; the act of cutting off the claws and balls of the fore feet of mastiffs to prevent them from running after deer.
32367 lawless LAW'LESS, a. 1. Not subject to law; unrestrained by law; as a lawless tyrant; lawless men. 2. Contrary to law; illegal; unauthorized; as a lawless claim.
32368 lawlessly LAW'LESSLY, adv. In a manner contrary to law.
32369 lawlessness LAW'LESSNESS, n. The quality or state of being unrestrained by law; disorder.
32370 lawn LAWN, n. An open space between woods, or a plain in a park or adjoining a noble seat. Betwixt them lawns or level downs, and flocks grazing the tender
32371 lawny LAWN'Y, a. 1. Level, as a plain; like a lawn. 2. Made of lawn.
32372 lawsuit LAW'SUIT, n. [See suit. ] a suit in law for the recovery of a supposed right; a process in law instituted by a party to compel another to do him justice.
32373 lawyer LAW'YER, n. [that is lawer, contracted from law-wer, law-man. ]One versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to institute
32374 lawyer-like LAW'YER-LIKE, a. Like a real lawyer.
32375 lawyerly LAW'YERLY, a. Judicial.
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LAW, n. [L. lex; from the root of lay. See lay. A law is that which is laid, set or fixed, like statute, constitution, from L. statuo.]

1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by the supreme power of a state to its subjects, for regulating their actions, particularly their social actions. Laws are imperative or mandatory, commanding what shall be done; prohibitory, restraining from what is to be forborn; or permissive, declaring what may be done without incurring a penalty. The laws which enjoin the duties of piety and morality, are prescribed by God and found in the Scriptures.

Law is beneficence acting by rule.

2. Municipal law, is a rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power of a state, commanding what its subjects are to do, and prohibiting what they are to forbear; a statute.

Municipal or civil laws are established by the decrees, edicts or ordinances of absolute princes, as emperors and kings, or by the formal acts of the legislatures of free states. Law therefore is sometimes equivalent to decree, edict, or ordinance.

3. Law of nature, is a rule of conduct arising out of the natural relations of human beings established by the Creator, and existing prior to any positive precept. Thus it is a law of nature, that one man should not injure another, and murder and fraud would be crimes, independent of any prohibition from a supreme power.

4. Laws of animal nature, the inherent principles by which the economy and functions of animal bodies are performed, such as respiration, the circulation of the blood, digestion, nutrition, various secretions, &c.

5. Laws of vegetation, the principles by which plats are produced, and their growth carried on till they arrive to perfection.

6. Physical laws, or laws of nature. The invariable tendency or determination of any species of matter to a particular form with definite properties, and the determination of a body to certain motions, changes, and relations, which uniformly take place in the same circumstances, is called a physical law. These tendencies or determinations, whether called laws or affections of matter, have been established by the Creator, and are, with a peculiar felicity of expression, denominated in Scripture, ordinances of heaven.

7. Laws of nations, the rules that regulate the mutual intercourse of nations or states. These rules depend on natural law, or the principles of justice which spring from the social state; or they are founded on customs, compacts, treaties, leagues and agreements between independent communities.

By the law of nations, we are to understand that code of public instruction, which defines the rights and prescribes the duties of nations, in their intercourse with each other.

8. Moral law, a law which prescribes to men their religious and social duties, in other words, their duties to God and to each other. The moral law is summarily contained in the decalogue or ten commandments, written by the finger of God on two tables of stone, and delivered to Moses on mount Sinai.

Ex. 20.

9. Ecclesiastical law, a rule of action prescribed for the government of a church; otherwise called canon law.

10. Written law, a law or rule of action prescribed or enacted by a sovereign, and promulgated and recorded in writing; a written statute, ordinance, edict or decree.

11. Unwritten or common law, a rule of action which derives its authority from long usage, or established custom, which has been immemorially received and recognized by judicial tribunals. As this law can be traced to no positive statutes, its rules or principles are to be found only in the records of courts, and in the reports of judicial decisions.

12. By-law, a law of a city, town or private corporation. [See By.]

13. Mosaic law, the institutions of Moses, or the code of laws prescribed to the Jews, as distinguished from the gospel.

14. Ceremonial law, the Mosaic institutions which prescribe the external rites and ceremonies to be observed by the Jews, as distinct from the moral precepts, which are of perpetual obligation.

15. A rule of direction; a directory; as reason and natural conscience.

These, having not the law, as a law to themselves. Rom. 2.

16. That which governs or has a tendency to rule; that which has the power of controlling.

But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Romans 7.

17. The word of God; the doctrines and precepts of God, or his revealed will.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Ps. 1.

18. The Old Testament.

Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods? John 10.

19. The institutions of Moses, as distinct from the other parts of the Old Testament; as the law and the prophets.

20. A rule or axiom of science or art; settled principle; as the laws of versification or poetry.

21. Law martial, or martial law, the rules ordained for the government of an army or military force.

22. Marine laws, rules for the regulation of navigation, and the commercial intercourse of nations.

23. Commercial law, law-merchant, the system of rules by which trade and commercial intercourse are regulated between merchants.

24. Judicial process; prosecution of right in courts of law.

Tom Touchy is a fellow famous for taking the law of every body.

Hence the phrase, to go to law, to prosecute; to seek redress in a legal tribunal.

25. Jurisprudence; as in the title, Doctor of Laws.

26. In general, law is a rule of action prescribed for the government of rational beings or moral agents, to which rule they are bound to yield obedience, in default of which they are exposed to punishment; or law is a settled mode or course of action or operation in irrational beings and in inanimate bodies.

Civil law, criminal law. [See Civil and Criminal.]

Laws of honor. [See Honor.]

Law language, the language used in legal writings and forms, particularly the Norman dialect or Old French, which was used in judicial proceedings from the days of William the conqueror to the 36th year of Edward III.

Wager of law, a species of trial formerly used in England, in which the defendant gave security that he would, on a certain day, make his law, that is, he would make oath that he owed nothing to the plaintiff, and would produce eleven of his neighbors as compurgators, who should swear that they believed in their consciences that he had sworn the truth.

law-day

LAW-DAY, n

1. A day of open court.

2. A leet or sheriff's tourn.

lawful

LAW'FUL, a.

1. Agreeable to law; conformable to law; allowed by law; legal; legitimate. That is deemed lawful which no law forbids, but many things are lawful which are not expedient.

2. Constituted by law; rightful; as the lawful owner of lands.

lawfully

LAW'FULLY, adv. Legally; in accordance with law; without violating law. We may lawfully do what the laws do not forbid.


lawfulness

LAW'FULNESS, n. The quality of being conformable to law; legality. The lawfulness of an action does not always prove its propriety or expedience.


lawgiver

LAW'GIVER, n. [law and give.] One who makes or enacts a law; a legislator.


lawgiving

LAW'GIVING, a. Making or enacting laws; legislative.


lawing

LAW'ING, n. Expeditation; the act of cutting off the claws and balls of the fore feet of mastiffs to prevent them from running after deer.


lawless

LAW'LESS, a.

1. Not subject to law; unrestrained by law; as a lawless tyrant; lawless men.

2. Contrary to law; illegal; unauthorized; as a lawless claim.

He needs no indirect nor lawless course.

3. Not subject to the ordinary laws of nature; uncontrolled.

He, meteor-like, flames lawless through the void.

lawlessly

LAW'LESSLY, adv. In a manner contrary to law.


lawlessness

LAW'LESSNESS, n. The quality or state of being unrestrained by law; disorder.


lawn

LAWN, n.

An open space between woods, or a plain in a park or adjoining a noble seat.

Betwixt them lawns or level downs, and flocks grazing the tender herbs, were interspers'd.

LAWN, n. [L. linum.]

A sort of fine linen. Its use in the sleeves of bishops, explains the following line.

A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.

LAWN, a. Made of lawn.


lawny

LAWN'Y, a.

1. Level, as a plain; like a lawn.

2. Made of lawn.

lawsuit

LAW'SUIT, n. [See suit.] a suit in law for the recovery of a supposed right; a process in law instituted by a party to compel another to do him justice.


lawyer

LAW'YER, n. [that is lawer, contracted from law-wer, law-man.]

One versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to institute suits in courts of law, and to prosecute or defend the cause of clients. this is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, barristers, serjeants and advocates.

lawyer-like

LAW'YER-LIKE, a. Like a real lawyer.


lawyerly

LAW'YERLY, a. Judicial.


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DEB'IT, n. [L. debitum, from debeo, to owe.] Debt. It is usually written debt. But it is used in mercantile language, as the debit side of an account.

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