law of the land

Definitions of law of the land
  1. noun
    a phrase used in the Magna Carta to refer to the then established law of the kingdom (as distinct from Roman or civil law); today it refers to fundamental principles of justice commensurate with due process
    “the United States Constitution declares itself to be `the supreme law of the land'”
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    type of:
    jurisprudence, law
    the collection of rules imposed by authority
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