Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who gives a code of laws to a people.
  • n. See lawmaker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who provides the laws to a society.
  • n. Any lawmaker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes or enacts a law or system of laws; a legislator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes or enacts a law or a code of laws; a legislator.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a maker of laws; someone who gives a code of laws

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Examples

  • June 15th, 2009 at 4: 49 pm dp: I'm surprised that you don't recognize how the contigency on the existence of a universal lawgiver is completely invalidated when we recognize that the claimed, unquestionable universality simply isn't universal.

    Confining Beliefs to Defined Domains

  • I'm surprised that you don't recognize how the contigency on the existence of a universal lawgiver is completely invalidated when we recognize that the claimed, unquestionable universality simply isn't universal.

    Confining Beliefs to Defined Domains

  • God, the great lawgiver, is holy, just, and good, therefore his law must needs be so.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • We conclude, therefore, that God is described as a lawgiver or prince, and styled just, merciful, &c., merely in concession to popular understanding, and the imperfection of popular knowledge; that in reality God acts and directs all things simply by the necessity of His nature and perfection, and that His decrees and volitions are eternal truths, and always involve necessity.

    Theologico-Political Treatise

  • The lawgiver is to be a primary source of instruction about what is fine, just and good.

    Plato on utopia

  • For if legal justice denotes that which complies with the law, whether as regards the letter of the law, or as regards the intention of the lawgiver, which is of more account, then _epikeia_ is the more important part of legal justice.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the reclaiming of what we call fugitive slaves; and the intention of the lawgiver is the law.

    First Inaugural Address

  • It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the re-claiming of what we call fugitive slaves; and the intention of the lawgiver is the law.

    American Eloquence, Volume 4 Studies In American Political History (1897)

  • It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the reclaiming of what we call fugitive slaves, and the intention of the lawgiver is the law.

    President Lincoln's Inaugural Address

  • Of these improvements the lawgiver was the cause; for the workmen having no more employment in matters of mere curiosity, showed the excellence of their art in necessary things.

    Ideal Commonwealths

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