higher law

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higher law

A moral or religious principle that takes precedence over the the laws adopted by society.

high′er law′

an ethical or religious principle considered as taking precedence over the laws of society.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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Noun1.higher law - a principle that takes precedent over the laws of society
precept, principle - rule of personal conduct
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They only can force me who obey a higher law than I.
None knows better than Thuvan Dihn," he said, "the laws which govern the acts of men in the domains of their neighbors; but Thuvan Dihn owes allegiance to a higher law than these--the law of gratitude.
Nevertheless, by a higher law, the property will, year after year, write every statute that respects property.
A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience we become divine.
The hatred and contempt of the crowd punish such men for discerning the higher laws.
Give them clarity of mind and a heart that senses its accountability to a higher law Your law, Your providence, Your justice.
You can also become a legal executive without first going to university, by taking a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) Level 3 professional diploma in law and practice, followed by a CILEX Level 6 professional diploma in higher law and practice.
The Freedom of Information, which is cited by parties requesting for the SALNs of members of the Cabinet, is an executive order and therefore must yield to a higher law,' he said.
Pacta sunt servanda -- treaties must be kept -- is as much a principle of international law as jus cogens -- compelling higher law that overrides treaty law.
6 Author David Levithan in his book "Love is the Higher Law.
And the Constitution being higher law, any inferior law such as a statute that was in conflict with the higher law was invalid.
This Part first examines constitutional realism and its argument that the entrenched, written Constitution does not comprise the totality of higher law in the United States.

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