from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A body of laws or principles guiding human conduct established by human authority, often contrasted with natural law.
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- noun law Law explicitly made, as compared to
natural law, prescribed by express enactmentor institution.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From positive, explicitly laid down, established by human authority.]
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1651: From Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan
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