positive law
pos·i·tive law n: law established or recognized by governmental authority compare natural law

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

positive law
n.
Law created by a government and human institution to run society; see also natural law

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


positive law
Statutory man-made law, as compared to natural law, that is purportedly based on universally accepted moral principles or derived from nature and reason.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


positive law
n. The body of laws that have been enacted in a particular community and that are upheld by the courts of that community, as distinct from natural law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


positive law
Those laws that have been duly enacted by a properly instituted and popularly recognized branch of government.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


positive law
Those laws that have been duly enacted by a properly instituted and popularly recognized branch of government.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

positive law
n.
   statutory man-made law, as compared to "natural law," which is purportedly based on universally accepted moral principles, "God's law," and/or derived from nature and reason. The term "positive law" was first used by Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan (1651).
   See also: natural law, statute

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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