Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who gives a code of laws to a people.
  • noun A legislator.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun 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

  • 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.

    Abraham Lincoln: First Inaugural Address

  • 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.

    US Presidential Inaugural Addresses

  • 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.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches

  • 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

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