Definitions

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

  • n. A moral or religious principle that takes precedence over the constitutions or statutes of society.

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  • n. a principle that takes precedent over the laws of society

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Examples

  • All his emoluments were wanted for hungry favourites; and finally the Sherburne estate which he had been permitted to entail on his son went by no higher law than the king's,

    Thomas Hariot

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