Definition of natural law in English:

natural law

noun

  • 1mass noun A body of unchanging moral principles regarded as a basis for all human conduct.

    ‘an adjudication based on natural law’
    • ‘Religious groups likely will adopt discursive strategies based on natural law and human rights, which will have substantial effects on their own identity.’
    • ‘Basically Andy is arguing that morals need to be based in natural law.’
    • ‘Individualist feminism advocated equal treatment of all human beings under natural law.’
    • ‘Just War teaching is a derivation of basic moral principles from natural law.’
    • ‘According to natural law ethical theory, the moral standards that govern human behavior are, in some sense, objectively derived from the nature of human beings.’
    • ‘However, Kant is very clear that there are principles - natural law - governing how the state authorities ought to act.’
    • ‘Before the advent of the Enlightenment's radical critique of religion, however, the medieval natural law advocated by Thomas Aquinas upheld the view that people had no rights, only duties.’
    • ‘They act on the principle of universal natural law called ‘the general welfare.’’
    • ‘The principles of natural law gained ground, and accompanying them came a growing belief in the equality of all human beings.’
    • ‘Liberals for their part must resist the use of theology and natural law as a basis of coercive state policy.’
    • ‘The Ten Commandments, except the Sabbath law, are found nearly universally in human societies diverse in space and time and so are taken to be natural law for all humans.’
    • ‘Arguments can be constructed from natural law about human equality to support feminist positions inconsistent with George's convictions about marriage and the family.’
    • ‘That's where the moral authority, under natural law, lies.’
    • ‘You have to go back to the fundamental principle upon which modern civilization was based, the principle of modern natural law.’
    • ‘Moral philosophy reposes on natural law precepts as common presuppositions, but its advice will be true only in the main.’
    • ‘This decision was based on natural law principles, rather than on the legal positivism espoused by the Supreme Court judges in the X case.’
    • ‘As an historical matter, positivism arose in opposition to classical natural law theory, according to which there are necessary moral constraints on the content of law.’
    • ‘The group lives by the idea of promoting the peace and prosperity of every individual and every nation through transcendental meditation and the observance of natural law.’
    • ‘But for the scholastics, the scriptural basis of natural law provided a way of determining those aspects of human nature that are normative.’
    • ‘If history is divided into divine history, natural history, and human history, then law can be divided into natural law, human law, the laws of nations, public law, and civil law.’
    • ‘Finally, the Stoics believed that human beings were all meant to follow natural law, which arises from reason.’
  • 2An observable law relating to natural phenomena.

    ‘the natural laws of perspective’
    • ‘In essence, it is simply a rehash of views that are completely antithetical to the scientific outlook, which insists that everything is explicable in terms of the natural laws of material development.’
    • ‘Many scientists believe homeopathy violates natural laws, and thus any effect must be a placebo effect - the power of a patient's beliefs to influence treatment results.’
    • ‘Newton's major achievement was to uncover the natural laws that governed the motion of the planets and the motion of bodies on the surface of the earth.’
    • ‘Humankind is a part of nature and no sharp distinction can be drawn between itself and its surroundings, as everything is impermanent and subject to the same natural laws.’
    • ‘Matter doesn't ‘behave freely’ but follows strict natural laws.’
    • ‘Can known natural laws account for the explosion of live frogs?’
    • ‘There is no contradiction in supposing that natural laws, even those belonging to fundamental physics, are subject to change.’
    • ‘Secondly, science is unable to explain why there are scientific or natural laws or why they are so consistent and dependable.’
    • ‘Newton's laws of motion are the most fundamental natural laws of classical mechanics.’
    • ‘The architects of modern science, from Rene Descartes to Isaac Newton, had proposed a world of unthinking material objects ruled by natural laws.’
    • ‘They showed that the basic building blocks of life, amino acids, can be obtained from purely chemical elements by natural laws without intelligent intervention.’
    • ‘I still have a strong interest in any phenomena that would violate our known natural laws of physics and redefine our understanding of our universe.’
    • ‘However, research is revealing that there may be authentic, explainable and demonstrable natural laws and mechanisms in operation during these events.’
    • ‘An object was said to be complex if the probability of its occurrence with respect to known natural laws was below a certain, absolute, lower bound.’
    • ‘An outstanding issue in Descartes' account was his failure to incorporate the origins of living beings into this naturalistic story of creation by natural laws.’
    • ‘There are only a set number of radio frequencies, and the aliens have to abide by all natural laws as much as we do.’
    • ‘Nineteenth-century physicians emphasized again and again that all organic life operated under the same natural laws.’
    • ‘It is our immense good fortune that this revolution, which shows how both Earth and the heavens follow the same natural laws, continued to grow.’
    • ‘Almost all phenomena can, as we have seen, be explained by a normal scientific explanation in terms of the operation of natural laws on preceding states.’
    • ‘If you want to farm sustainably, they have told us, then you have got to make your farming conform to the natural laws that govern the local ecosystem.’
    1. 2.1mass noun Observable laws collectively.

Pronunciation

natural law