LAW Latin lex. 1. A rule of action
dictated by a superior being. 1 Bl. Com. 38. The command of a superior. 1
Shars. Bl. Com. 39. 2. In an important use "law"
excludes the methods and remedies peculiar to equity and admiralty, and
confines the idea to the action of tribunals proceeding by fixed
rules, and employing remedies operative directly upon the
person or property of the individual; as, in the expressions; a court
of law, a remedy at law, an action at law, at law.
Abbott's Law Dictionary.
That which is laid down, ordained, or established . A rule or method
according to which phenomena or actions co-exist or follow each other.
Law, in its generic sense, is a body of rules of action or conduct
prescribed by controlling authority, and having binding legal force.
Black's Law Dictionary (1990)
LAW 1. The principles and regulations established by a government and
applicable to a people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and
policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision. 2. Any written or
positive rule rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of
the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution.
The Random House Dictionary of the English Language
LAW 1. A body of rules, whether proceeding from formal enactment or from custom, which a particular state or community recognizes as binding on its members or subjects. Oxford Dictionary of the English Language
LAW Rules of conduct of any organized society, however simple or small, that are enforced by threat of punishment if they are violated. Modern law has a wide sweep and regulates many branches of conduct. Columbia Encyclopedia
LAW All the rules of conduct that have been approved by the government and which are in force over a certain territory and which must be obeyed by all persons on that territory (eg. the "laws" of Australia). Violation of these rules could lead to government action such as imprisonment or fine, or private action such as a legal judgement against the offender obtained by the person injured by the action prohibited by law. Synonymous to act or statute although in common usage, "law" refers not only to legislation or statutes but also to the body of unwritten law in those states which recognize common law. http://www.lawinfo.com/lawdictionary/dict-l.htm#L