Definition of Rule of law

1. Noun. A state of order in which events conform to the law.

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Order

Definition of Rule of law

1. Noun. (legal) The doctrine that no individual is above the law and that everyone must answer to it. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rule Of Law

rule OK
rule against perpetuities
rule book
rule books
rule in
rule nisi
rule of bigeminy
rule of coss
rule of cy pres
rule of evidence
rule of grammar
rule of law (current term)
rule of morphology
rule of nines
rule of outlet
rule of reason
rule of recognition
rule of the road
rule of thirds
rule of thumb
rule on
rule out
rule over
rule the roost
rule the school
rule with an iron fist

Literary usage of Rule of law

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Revival of debts barred by some positive rule of law. The often quoted rule that debts which were once enforceable through the medium of an implied promise, ..."

2. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by Albert Venn Dicey (1908)
"CHAPTER XII rule of law COMPARED WITH DROIT ... 17), to the rule of law as understood by Englishmen. ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"It Is a rule of law, we think, well grounded in principles of equity and justice, that where a corporation holds out a particular officer as authorized to ..."

4. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"... when the general object of the charity was specific and certain, and not contrary to any positive rule of law. Wilmot's Opinions, 24, 33 ; 1 Bro. ..."

5. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by Albert Venn Dicey (1897)
"CHAPTER XII rule of law CONTRASTED WITH DROIT ... illustrates the full meaning of that rule of law which is an essential characteristic of our Constitution. ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"If each tribunal acting within Its sphere may examine and declare for itself, independently of the other, what rule of law shall govern the decisions, ..."

7. The Law of Railways: Embracing Corporations, Eminent Domain, Contracts by Isaac Fletcher Redfield (1869)
"The English courts manifest great reluctance to abandon the former rule of law on this subject. 2. Reference to later decisions. 3. What amounts to a seal, ..."

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