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Law, 1) a rule prescribed by the supreme power of a state: Lucr. 497. Lucr. 497 Meas. I, 1, 66. I, 3, 19. I, 4, 63. II, 1, 1. II, 1, 1 II, 4, 61. II, 4, 61 III, 1, 109. Err. I, 1, 4. Err. I, 1, 4 Mids. I, 1, 44. Mids. I, 1, 44 Merch. II, 8, 17 etc. “the strong l.” Hml. IV, 3, 3 (cf. Strong). “their aunt I am in l.” R3 IV, 1, 24 (i. e. by marriage; cf. Father-in-law etc.); cf. “and now by l., as well as reverend age, I may entitle thee my loving father,” Shr. IV, 5, 60. by l. == lawfully, legitimately: Err. I, 1, 26. Shr. IV, 5, 60. H6A V, 4, 61. H8 II, 2, 112. III, 2, 266. Tit. IV, 4, 54. Tim. IV, 1, 12. “by the l.:” Meas. III, 1, 195. Tim. I, 1, 196. “by the --s of Venice,” Merch. IV, 1, 311. “by course of l.” H6B III, 1, 237. R3 I, 4, 192. “by order of l.” Meas. III, 2, 8. Lr. I, 1, 9.
2) any rule of direction: “poor queen of love, in thine own l. forlorn,” Ven. 251; Sonn. 49, 13; H6C III, 2, 154. “by l. of nature thou art bound to breed,” Ven. 171; All's IV, 5, 65; Wint. II, 2, 60; H4B III, 2, 357; H5 II, 4, 80; Troil. II, 2, 176; 184; Lr. I, 2, 1; Cymb. V, 4, 38. “the l. of friendship,” Gent. III, 1, 5. “make their wills their l.” Gent. V, 4, 14. “so to the --s at large I write my name,” LLL I, 1, 156. “this bar in l.” Shr. I, 1, 140. “the l. of nations,” H5 II, 4, 80. Troil. II, 2, 184. “the l. of arms,” H5 IV, 7, 2. H6A III, 4, 38.* IV, 1, 100. Lr. V, 3, 152*). “martial l.” H5 IV, 8, 46. “--s of war,” H8 I, 4, 52. “the l. of writ and the liberty,” Hml. II, 2, 420 (see Writ). *) Ff of war.
3) the word of God: “charity itself fulfils the l.” LLL IV, 3, 364. “the canon of the l. is laid on him,” John II, 180. “in the tables of his l.” R3 I, 4, 201.
4) judicial proceeding: “in l., what plea so tainted,” Merch. III, 2, 75. “I'll answer him by l.” Shr. Ind. 1, 14. “as adversaries do in l.” I, 2, 278. “must I rob the l.?” John IV, 3, 78. “what shall we say to this in l.?” H6B I, 3, 207. “here's a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the l.” Per. II, 1, 124.
5) right, justice: “I shall have l. in Ephesus,” Err. IV, 1, 83. “I stand here for l.” Merch. IV, 1, 142 (cf. for judgment v. 103). “this is the l.” H6B I, 3, 214. “let us take the l. of our sides,” Rom. I, 1, 44 (of == on). “the --'s delay,” Hml. III, 1, 72.
6) jurisprudence: “I have been a truant in the l.” H6A II, 4, 7. “these quillets of the l.” H6A II, 4, 7 “a question in the l.” IV, 1, 95.
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