Definition of law of nature in English:

law of nature


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    another term for natural law, natural law
    • ‘It is an ivory tower approach that does not realize the facts of life and the laws of nature: life forms cannot be contained.’
    • ‘We are only beginning to understand the laws of nature.’
    • ‘It's true that you cannot ‘violate’ a law of nature, but that's not because the laws of nature ‘force’ you to behave in some certain way.’
    • ‘If you're scientist, you want to prove X causes Y, because you're trying to figure out the laws of nature.’
    • ‘[T] he first purpose of matrimony, by the laws of nature and society, is procreation.’
    • ‘Here we see the notion of a law of nature that informs human society as well as nature.’
    • ‘What one can strive towards is be true to one's own nature, and hopefully not be against the laws of nature which are very basic.’
    • ‘It also requires abstraction - developing theories about the underlying laws of nature that are usually not immediately apparent.’
    • ‘But as the days wear on it becomes clear that, in this lifeboat in the middle of nowhere, the only things that survives are the brutal laws of nature.’
    • ‘Even where we do shape the world to suit our purposes, we proceed by exploiting the laws of nature at work in the things around us.’
    • ‘In the comics, find examples of things that defy the laws of nature.’
    • ‘Why should councils be liable for acts of God or the laws of nature?’
    • ‘If they get in the way of the laws of nature, and they do nothing to protect themselves, they get crushed.’
    • ‘If there were no regular laws of nature, miracles could not be recognized as exceptions and would lose their function as divine signs.’
    • ‘One is represented by science, which is founded on the search for regularities, sometimes for laws of nature, backed by maths and logic.’
    • ‘If all nature evolves, why should the laws of nature not evolve as well?’
    • ‘This explains why the laws of nature are comprehensible to the human mind - they were put in place by a greater rational mind!’
    • ‘In this respect, they are more problematic and are open to interpretation, unlike the laws of nature which are clearly defined.’
    • ‘When they discover the laws of nature, they feel a sense of reverence, they feel a sense of awe, wonder, mystery.’
    • ‘This provides some kind of explanation for the apparently surprising properties of the laws of nature mentioned above.’
  • 2informal A regularly occurring or apparently inevitable phenomenon observable in human society.

    ‘‘How did we get so much stuff?’ ‘It's a law of nature—however much space you have, you fill it.’’
    • ‘Even those who oppose private sector care provision now seem to understand the law of nature; that businessmen do not close down sound businesses.’
    • ‘I like a fundamental law of nature: it's not possible to visit Ikea and not buy anything.’
    • ‘But there is an unwritten law of nature that says the woman you live with will walk in front of the TV at the precise moment a goal is scored.’
    • ‘This is because it's patently against the laws of nature to clean clothes without getting them wet.’
    • ‘Raise the regulatory barrier, pay more money: it's a law of nature.’
    • ‘I think any artist who teaches is better for it because it makes you understand what you do better, and there just seems to be a law of nature that the more you give the more you get.’
    • ‘There's no law of nature that says service jobs are inevitably low paid and without benefits.’
    • ‘But such slippage to the right was not a law of nature.’