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Definition of Law

(noun) A formal or informal rule or standard (mores) enacted by a political entity and enforced by agents with recognized authority such as the police and the courts.

Law Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /lɔ/
      • /lɑ/
    • British English
      • /lɔː/
  • Syllabification: (law)

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Durkheim, Émile. [1893] 2004. “The Division of Labour in Society.” Pp. 19–38 in Readings from Emile Durkheim. Rev. ed., edited and translated by K. Thompson. New York: Routledge.

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Cite the Definition of Law

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “law.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/law/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

law. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/law/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “law.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/law/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“law.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/law/>.