Law can refer to more than one thing:

  • In human society, law describes the body of words and institutions that regulate behavior and punishments for misconduct.
  • In science, a law of nature or physical law is a statement that describes regular or patterned relationships among observable phenomena.
  • Laws of logic and mathematics describe the nature of rational thought.
  • Laws of economics and psychology describe the nature of human behavior and interaction.
  • Many adages are popularly known as "laws"; such as Murphy's law.
  • In some Christian denominations, the Old Testament tradition is referred to as the Law, in contrast with the New Testament, which is referred to as the Gospel. More specifically, in Hebrew the first five books of the Tanakh are called the Torah, which means the Law, as distinguished from the sections of the Prophets and the Writings.