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Act vs. Law

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Actnoun

(countable) Something done, a deed.

‘an act of goodwill’;

Lawnoun

The body of binding rules and regulations, customs, and standards established in a community by its legislative and judicial authorities.

‘the courts interpret the law; entrapment is against the law’;

Actnoun

Actuality.

Lawnoun

The body of such rules that pertain to a particular topic.

‘property law; commercial hunting and fishing law’;

Actnoun

(countable) A product of a legislative body, a statute.

Lawnoun

Common law, as contrasted with equity.

Actnoun

The process of doing something.

‘He was caught in the act of stealing.’;

Lawnoun

A binding regulation or custom established in a community in this way.

‘There is a law against importing wallabies.’; ‘A new law forbids driving on that road.’; ‘The court ruled that the executive order was not law and nullified it.’;

Actnoun

(countable) A formal or official record of something done.

Lawnoun

(more generally) A rule, such as:

Actnoun

(countable) A division of a theatrical performance.

‘The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.’;

Lawnoun

Any rule that must or should be obeyed, concerning behaviours and their consequences. mores.}}

‘"Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you" is a good law to follow.’; ‘the law of self-preservation’;

Actnoun

(countable) A performer or performers in a show.

‘Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?’;

Lawnoun

A rule or principle regarding the construction of language or art.

‘the laws of playwriting and poetry’;

Actnoun

(countable) Any organized activity.

Lawnoun

A statement (in physics, etc) of an (observed, established) order or sequence or relationship of phenomena which is invariable under certain conditions. theory.}}

‘the laws of thermodynamics’; ‘Newton's third law of motion states that to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. This is one of several laws derived from his general theory expounded in the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.’;

Actnoun

(countable) A display of behaviour.

Lawnoun

A statement (of relation) that is true under specified conditions; a mathematical or logical rule.

‘Mathematical laws can be proved purely through mathematics, without scientific experimentation.’;

Actnoun

A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.

Lawnoun

Any statement of the relation of acts and conditions to their consequences.

‘the law of scarcity; the law of supply and demand’;

Actnoun

(countable) A display of behaviour meant to deceive.

‘to put on an act’;

Lawnoun

(cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the its (former) governing body, the MCC.

Actverb

(intransitive) To do something.

‘If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.’;

Lawnoun

The control and order brought about by the observance of such rules.

‘They worked to maintain law and order.’; ‘It was a territory without law, marked by violence.’;

Actverb

To do (something); to perform.

Lawnoun

A person or group that act(s) with authority to uphold such rules and order (for example, one or more police officers).

‘Here comes the law — run!’;

Actverb

(intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.

‘I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.’;

Lawnoun

The profession that deals with such rules (as lawyers, judges, police officers, etc).

‘He is studying for a career in law.’; ‘She has practiced law in New York for twenty years.’;

Actverb

(ergative) Of a play: to be acted out (well or badly).

Lawnoun

Jurisprudence, the field of knowledge which encompasses these rules.

‘She went to university to study law.’;

Actverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way.

‘He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.’;

Lawnoun

Litigation, legal action (as a means of maintaining or restoring order, redressing wrongs, etc).

‘They were quick to go to law.’;

Actverb

(copulative) To convey an appearance of being.

‘He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.’;

Lawnoun

An allowance of distance or time (a head start) given to a weaker (human or animal) competitor in a race, to make the race more fair.

Actverb

To do something that causes a change binding on the doer.

‘act on behalf of John’;

Lawnoun

(fantasy) One of two metaphysical forces ruling the world in some fantasy settings, also called order, and opposed to chaos.

Actverb

To have an effect (on).

‘High-pressure oxygen acts on the central nervous system and may cause convulsions or death.’; ‘Gravitational force acts on heavy bodies.’;

Lawnoun

An oath sworn before a court, especially disclaiming a debt. wager of law", "wage one's law", "perform one's law", "lose one's law".}}

Actverb

(transitive) To play (a role).

‘He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.’;

Lawnoun

(obsolete) A tumulus of stones.

Actverb

(transitive) To feign.

‘He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.’;

Lawnoun

A hill.

Actverb

To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).

‘This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!’;

Lawverb

(obsolete) To work as a lawyer; to practice law.

Actverb

To move to action; to actuate; to animate.

Lawverb

To prosecute or sue (someone), to litigate.

Actnoun

That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.

‘That best portion of a good man's life,His little, nameless, unremembered actsOf kindness and of love.’;

Lawverb

(nonstandard) To rule over (with a certain effect) by law; govern.

Actnoun

A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.

‘The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be.’;

Lawverb

(informal) To enforce the law.

Actnoun

Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing).

‘This woman was taken . . . in the very act.’;

Lawverb

To subject to legal restrictions.

Actverb

To move to action; to actuate; to animate.

‘Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul.’;

Lawinterjection

(dated) An exclamation of mild surprise; lawks.

Actverb

To perform; to execute; to do.

‘That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity.’; ‘Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.’; ‘Uplifted hands that at convenient timesCould act extortion and the worst of crimes.’;

Lawnoun

In general, a rule of being or of conduct, established by an authority able to enforce its will; a controlling regulation; the mode or order according to which an agent or a power acts.

‘These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the Lord made.’; ‘The law of thy God, and the law of the King.’; ‘As if they would confine the Interminable . . . Who made our laws to bind us, not himself.’; ‘His mind his kingdom, and his will his law.’;

Actverb

To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.

Lawnoun

In morals: The will of God as the rule for the disposition and conduct of all responsible beings toward him and toward each other; a rule of living, conformable to righteousness; the rule of action as obligatory on the conscience or moral nature.

Actverb

To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.

Lawnoun

The Jewish or Mosaic code, and that part of Scripture where it is written, in distinction from the gospel; hence, also, the Old Testament.

‘What things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law . . . But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.’;

Actverb

To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.

‘With acted fear the villain thus pursued.’;

Lawnoun

An organic rule, as a constitution or charter, establishing and defining the conditions of the existence of a state or other organized community.

Actverb

To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.

Lawnoun

In philosophy and physics: A rule of being, operation, or change, so certain and constant that it is conceived of as imposed by the will of God or by some controlling authority; as, the law of gravitation; the laws of motion; the law heredity; the laws of thought; the laws of cause and effect; law of self-preservation.

Actverb

To perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will.

‘He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest.’;

Lawnoun

In mathematics: The rule according to which anything, as the change of value of a variable, or the value of the terms of a series, proceeds; mode or order of sequence.

Actverb

To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so.

Lawnoun

In arts, works, games, etc.: The rules of construction, or of procedure, conforming to the conditions of success; a principle, maxim; or usage; as, the laws of poetry, of architecture, of courtesy, or of whist.

Actverb

To perform on the stage; to represent a character.

‘To show the world how Garrick did not act.’;

Lawnoun

Collectively, the whole body of rules relating to one subject, or emanating from one source; - including usually the writings pertaining to them, and judicial proceedings under them; as, divine law; English law; Roman law; the law of real property; insurance law.

Actnoun

a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

Lawnoun

Legal science; jurisprudence; the principles of equity; applied justice.

‘Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason.’; ‘Law is beneficence acting by rule.’; ‘And sovereign Law, that state's collected willO'er thrones and globes elate,Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.’;

Actnoun

something that people do or cause to happen

Lawnoun

Trial by the laws of the land; judicial remedy; litigation; as, to go law.

‘When every case in law is right.’; ‘He found law dear and left it cheap.’;

Actnoun

a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

Lawnoun

An oath, as in the presence of a court.

Actnoun

a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;

‘he did his act three times every evening’; ‘she had a catchy little routine’; ‘it was one of the best numbers he ever did’;

Lawverb

Same as Lawe, v. t.

Actnoun

a manifestation of insincerity;

‘he put on quite an act for her benefit’;

Lawinterjection

An exclamation of mild surprise.

Actverb

perform an action, or work out or perform (an action);

‘think before you act’; ‘We must move quickly’; ‘The governor should act on the new energy bill’; ‘The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel’;

Lawnoun

legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity;

‘there is a law against kidnapping’;

Actverb

behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself;

‘You should act like an adult’; ‘Don't behave like a fool’; ‘What makes her do this way?’; ‘The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people’;

Lawnoun

the collection of rules imposed by authority;

‘civilization presupposes respect for the law’; ‘the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order’;

Actverb

play a role or part;

‘Gielgud played Hamlet’; ‘She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role’; ‘She played the servant to her husband's master’;

Lawnoun

a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature;

‘the laws of thermodynamics’;

Actverb

discharge one's duties;

‘She acts as the chair’; ‘In what capacity are you acting?’;

Lawnoun

a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society

Actverb

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;

‘He acted the idiot’; ‘She plays deaf when the news are bad’;

Lawnoun

the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system;

‘he studied law at Yale’;

Actverb

be suitable for theatrical performance;

‘This scene acts well’;

Lawnoun

the force of policemen and officers;

‘the law came looking for him’;

Actverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

‘The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought’; ‘How does your idea work in practice?’; ‘This method doesn't work’; ‘The breaks of my new car act quickly’; ‘The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water’;

Lawnoun

the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

Actverb

be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

Law

Law is a system of rules created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior, with its precise definition a matter of longstanding debate. It has been variously described as a science and the art of justice.

Actverb

behave unnaturally or affectedly;

‘She's just acting’;

Actverb

perform on a stage or theater;

‘She acts in this play’; ‘He acted in `Julius Caesar'’; ‘I played in `A Christmas Carol'’;

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