Meaning of rule of law in English:

rule of law

Pronunciation /ˌruːl əv ˈlɔː/


  • The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.

    ‘when military dictators fall, the democrats who follow them must try to restore the rule of law’
    • ‘The Prime Minister overrides the rule of law and declares a coroner's enquiry unnecessary.’
    • ‘That decision demonstrated that this country upholds the rule of law and basic human rights.’
    • ‘It is a fundamental requisite of the rule of law that the law should be made known.’
    • ‘The Council also affirms the need for respect for human rights and the rule of law.’
    • ‘What has happened to the concept of the rule of law, due process and the presumption of innocence?’
    • ‘It will entrench and help spread democracy, the rule of law and human rights.’
    • ‘You can't have a notion of the rule of law and not have access to judicial review.’
    • ‘In the absence of the rule of law, restraint and legitimate redress for unfair practice were also absent.’
    • ‘If tribunals were to be at liberty to exceed their jurisdiction without any check by the courts, the rule of law would be at an end.’
    • ‘Citizen investigation or citizen arrest is an important part of a society under rule of law.’