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Natural law Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Natural law Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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n : a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society [syn: law]
1. a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
(hypernym) concept, conception, construct
(hyponym) divine law
Natural law Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
National Standards for Civics and Government
As used by natural rights philosophers – a moral rule discovered by the use of reason, which everyone should obey at all times and places.
Natural law Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Natural law Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Natural law, or the law of nature , is a system of law which is purportedly determined by nature, and thus universal. Classically, natural law refers to the use of reason to analyze human nature -- both social and personal -- and deduce binding rules of moral behavior. Natural law is contrasted with the positive law (meaning "man-made law", not "good law"; cf. ) of a given political community, society, or nation-state, and thus serves as a standard by which to critique said positive law. According to natural law theory, which holds that morality is a function of human nature and reason can discover valid moral principles by looking at the nature of humanity in society, the content of positive law cannot be known without some reference to natural law (or something like it). Used in this way, natural law can be invoked to criticize decisions about the statutes, but less so to criticize the law itself. Some use natural law synonymously with natural justice or natural right (Latin ius naturale)
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Natural law Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
Law that so necessarily agrees with the nature of human beings,that without observing the maxims, the peace and happiness of society cannot bepreserved; that law, knowledge of which may be attained merely by the light ofreason, and from the facts of its essential connection with human nature.