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Laws \Laws\ n. the first five books of the Old Testament, also called The Law and Torah.

Syn: Pentateuch, Law of Moses, Torah.


n. (plural of law English)

Laws (dialogue)

The Laws ( Greek: Νόμοι; Latin: De Legibus) is Plato's last and longest dialogue. The conversation depicted in the work's twelve books begins with the question of who is given the credit for establishing a civilization's laws. Its musings on the ethics of government and law have established it as a classic of political philosophy alongside Plato's more widely read Republic.

Scholars generally agree that Plato wrote this dialogue as an older man, having failed in his effort in Syracuse on the island of Sicily to guide a tyrant's rule, instead having been thrown in prison. These events are alluded to in the Seventh Letter. The text is noteworthy as Plato's only undisputed dialogue not to feature Socrates.

Laws (surname)

Laws is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Brian Laws, (born 1961) English football player and manager
  • David Laws, British Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament and the Minister of State for Schools and the Cabinet Office, where he has a cross-departmental role working on the Coalition Agreement and government policy.
  • Fred Laws, Australian rugby league footballer
  • George Malcolm Laws (1919-1994), an American folklorist also known as G. Malcolm Laws
  • John Laws (born 1935), an Australian broadcaster
  • Richard Laws (1926-2014), British, Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge
  • Stuart Laws (born 1950), a British racing driver

Usage examples of "laws".

Excepted from the tax, on the other hand, was any property the sole use of which had already been subjected to an equal or greater tax, whether under the laws of Washington or any other State.

And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Not to make treaties, coin money, pass ex post facto laws, impair contracts, etc.

American Federal System are the ones which at the outset marked it off most sharply from all preceding systems, in which the member states generally agreed to obey the mandates of a common government for certain stipulated purposes, but retained to themselves the right of ordaining and enforcing the laws of the union.

A second exhibit of the same kind is furnished by the flood of paper money laws and other measures of like intent which the widespread debtor class forced through the great majority of the state assemblies in the years following the general collapse of values in 1780.

Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

The enactment and enforcement of a number of customs revenue laws drawn with a motive of maintaining a system of protection, since the revenue law of 1789, are matters of history.

The laws which would be necessary and proper in the one case, would not be necessary or proper in the other.

United States and its citizens, that the erection of telegraph lines shall, so far as State interference is concerned, be free to all who will submit to the conditions imposed by Congress, and that corporations organized under the laws of one State for constructing and operating telegraph lines shall not be excluded by another from prosecuting their business within its jurisdiction, if they accept the terms proposed by the National Government for this national privilege.

Congress was not limited to the enactment of laws relating to mechanical appliances, but it was also competent to consider, and to endeavor to reduce, the dangers incident to the strain of excessive hours of duty on the part of engineers, conductors, train dispatchers, telegraphers, and other persons embraced within the class defined by the act.

State legislatures of the power to pass prohibitory commercial laws, and, as respects exportations, without any limitations.

Congress impose duties on importations, give drawbacks, pass embargo and nonintercourse laws, and make all other regulations necessary to navigation, to the safety of passengers, and the protection of property.