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

  • noun A body of laws or principles guiding human conduct established by human authority, often contrasted with natural law.

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  • noun law Law explicitly made, as compared to natural law, prescribed by express enactment or institution.

Etymologies

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

[From positive, explicitly laid down, established by human authority.]

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1651: From Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan

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