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Rule Of Law

rule of law

1 : an authoritative legal doctrine, principle, or precept applied to the facts of an appropriate case [adopting the rule of law that is most persuasive in light of precedent, reason and policy "Wright v. Wright , 904 P.2d 403 (1995)"]
2 : government by law
: adherence to due process of law


Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.