adage, aphorism, aphoristic expression, axiom, byword, canon, established principle, expression, gnomic saying, moralism, pithy saying, postulate, praeceptum, precept, principium, principle, proverb, proverbial saying, regula, rule, sage reflection, saw, saying, sententious saying, sententious utterance, statement of general truth, teaching, truth, wise saying
article (precept), belief (something believed), catchword, code, constant, constitution, doctrine, dogma, expression (comment), holding (ruling of a court), law, ordinance, precedent, prescription (directive), principle (axiom), rule (legal dictate)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n.A short statement of a principle or rule of law, often used in deciding equity cases.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
n. A key principle of law that has been repeated so often it has become a commonplace expression.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.