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

  • n. A law or body of laws that derives from nature and is believed to be binding upon human actions apart from or in conjunction with laws established by human authority.

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  • n. An ethical theory that posits the existence of a law whose content is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. that instinctive sense of justice and of right and wrong, which is native in mankind, as distinguished from specifically revealed divine law, and formulated human law.

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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


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  • "A body of law or a specific principle of law that is held to be derived from nature and binding upon human society in the absence of or in addition to positive law.

    "While natural law, based on a notion of timeless order, does not receive as much credence as it did formerly, it was an important influence on the enumeration of natural rights by Thomas Jefferson and others."

    July 1, 2009

  • See also nonsense on stilts.

    September 11, 2008