feminine noun
1. law (norma, precepto); act (parlamentaria)
  • leyes -> law (derecho)
  • ganaron con todas las de la ley (informal) -> they won fair and square
  • de buena ley -> reliable, sterling
  • ley del embudo (informal) -> one law for oneself and another for everyone else
  • ley marcial -> martial law
  • ley de la oferta y la demanda -> law of supply and demand
  • ley sálica (history) -> Salic law
  • la Ley Seca (history) -> Prohibition
  • la ley de la selva -> the law of the jungle
  • ley de la ventaja (sport) -> advantage (law)
2. (de metal precioso)
  • de ley -> = containing the legal amount of gold; (oro) sterling (plata)

ley [lay’-e]
1. Law, an ordinance, constitution or statute publicly established. (f)
2. Law, a rule of action. (f)
3. Loyalty, faithful attachment to a superior or master. (f)
4. Religion. (f)
5. A legal standard of quality, weight or measure. (f)
6. A principle, or universal property. (f)
  • Ley de la trampa -> fraud, deceit
  • A la ley -> with propriety and neatness
  • A toda ley -> perfectly, according to rule
noun, plural
7. Body or collection of laws.
8. Study and profession of the law.
  • Ley escrita -> statute law, as opposed to custom or unwritten law
  • Ley antigua -> the law of Moses
  • Ley del embudo -> severity for others, indulgence for ourselves
  • Ley orgánica -> constitutional law
  • De acuerdo con la ley -> in accordance with the law
  • Está fuera de la ley -> he's, outside the law
  • Recurrir a la ley -> to go to law

1 (precepto) law
aprobar o votar una ley to pass a law; todos somos iguales ante la ley we are all equal before the law; está por encima de la ley he's above the law; está fuera de la ley he's outside the law; un fuera de la ley an outlaw
de acuerdo con la ley según la ley in accordance with the law; by law; in law
con todas las de la ley
quieren crear una fundación con todas las de la ley they want to set up a fully-fledged charitable trust; va a protestar, y con todas las de la ley he's going to complain and rightly so; quiere celebrar su aniversario con todas las de la ley she wants to celebrate her anniversary in style
hecha la ley hecha la trampa
el que hace la ley hace la trampa
every law has a loophole
ley cambiaria currency exchange regulations
ley de extranjería immigration laws
ley de fugas
se le aplicó la ley de fugas he was shot while trying to escape
ley fundamental constitutional law
ley marcial martial law
ley orgánica constitutional law
ley seca prohibition law
2 (regla no escrita) law
ley de la calle mob law; lynch law
ley de la selva law of the jungle
ley del embudo unfair law
ley del más fuerte (principle of) might is right
ley del Talión (Hist) lex talionis; (principle of) an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
3 (principio científico) law
ley de la gravedad law of gravity
ley de la oferta y la demanda law of supply and demand
ley natural (Física) law of nature; (Filosofía) natural law
4 (Dep) rule; law
ley de la ventaja advantage rule
5 (Religión)
la ley de Dios the rule of God; God's law
ley de Moisés the law of Moses
6 (Metal)
oro de ley pure gold; standard gold; bajo de ley base; ser de (buena) ley to be genuine
es un amigo de ley
ser de mala ley to be a bad character
7 (lealtad) loyalty; devotion
tener/tomar ley a algn to be/become devoted to sb

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