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A body of moral and ethical principles that are considered to be inherent in nature itself or deducible through reason alone, often contrasted with positive law.
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1. (Philosophy) an ethical belief or system of beliefs supposed to be inherent in human nature and discoverable by reason rather than revelation
2. (Philosophy) a nonlogically necessary truth; law of nature. See also nomological2
3. (Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that the authority of the legal system or of certain laws derives from their justifiability by reason, and indeed that a legal system which cannot be so justified has no authority
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a principle or body of laws considered as derived from nature, right reason, or religion and as ethically binding in human society.
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The body of law that is believed to be inherent in human nature.
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|Noun||1.||natural law - a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society|
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
divine law - a law that is believed to come directly from God
principle - a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"
sound law - a law describing sound changes in the history of a language
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