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Definition of Law by Merriam-Webster

Definition of Law by Merriam-Webster

ˈlȯ How to pronounce law (audio)
1a(1) : a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe sense 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority

(2) : the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules

The courts exist to uphold, interpret, and apply the law.

b(1) : the control brought about by the existence or enforcement of such law

preserved law and order in the town

(2) : the action of laws considered as a means of redressing wrongs also : litigation developed the habit of going to law over the slightest provocation — H. A. Overstreet

(3) : the agency of or an agent of established law

When he saw that the fighting was escalating, he called in the law.

c : a rule

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Definition of Politic by Merriam-Webster

Definition of Politic by Merriam-Webster

pol·​i·​tic | ˈpä-lə-ˌtik How to pronounce politic (audio)

2 : characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing

3 : sagacious in promoting a policy

Choose the Right Synonym for politic

expedient, politic, advisable mean dictated by practical or prudent motives. expedient usually implies what is immediately advantageous without regard for ethics or consistent principles.

a politically expedient decision politic stresses judiciousness and tactical value but usually implies some lack of candor or sincerity.

a politic show of interest advisable applies to what is practical, prudent, or advantageous but lacks the derogatory implication of expedient and politic.

sometimes it’s advisable to say nothing

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction.

a suave public relations coordinator urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience.

an urbane traveler

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Definition of Society by Merriam-Webster

Definition of Society by Merriam-Webster

so·​ci·​e·​ty | sə-ˈsī-ə-tē How to pronounce society (audio)
1 : companionship or association with one’s fellows : friendly or intimate intercourse : company

2 : a voluntary association of individuals for common ends especially : an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession

3a : an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another

b : a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests

4a : a part of a community that is a unit distinguishable by particular aims or standards of living or conduct : a social circle or a group of social circles having a clearly marked identity

literary society

b : a part of the community that sets itself apart as a leisure class and

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Definition of Government by Merriam-Webster

Definition of Government by Merriam-Webster

gov·​ern·​ment | ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt How to pronounce government (audio) , -və-mənt; ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt, -vᵊm-

1 : the body of persons that constitutes the governing authority of a political unit or organization: such as

a : the officials comprising the governing body of a political unit and constituting the organization as an active agency

The government was slow to react to the crisis.

b capitalized : the executive branch of the U.S. federal government

c capitalized : a small group of persons holding simultaneously the principal political executive offices of a nation or other political unit and being responsible for the direction and supervision of public affairs:

(2) : such a group in a parliamentary system constituted by the cabinet or by the ministry

2a : the organization, machinery, or agency through which a political unit exercises authority and performs functions and which is usually classified

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