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- noun A body of principles that are considered to be inherent in nature and have universal application in determining whether human conduct is right or wrong, often contrasted with positive law.
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- noun philosophy An
ethicaltheory that posits the existence of a law whose content is set by natureand that therefore has validity everywhere.
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- noun a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
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