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blue law

n.
1. A law designed to prohibit or limit the transaction of commercial business or the holding of recreational activities on Sundays.
2. One of a body of laws in colonial New England designed to enforce certain moral standards and particularly to prohibit specified forms of entertainment or recreation on Sundays.

blue′ law`


n.
1. any law that forbids certain practices, as doing business or dancing, on Sunday.
2. any of the puritanical laws of colonial New England regulating personal conduct.
[1775–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blue law - a statute regulating work on Sundays
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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