nation of laws

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Shortened from earlier phrase "nation of laws and not of men," a common expression of the rule of law.


nation of laws (plural nations of laws)

  1. (chiefly US) A nation-state that is subject to the rule of law.
    • 1976, Carpenter - Volume 96–97[1], page 18:
      We talk a lot about being "a nation of laws," but some of the laws found on the books of states, counties and municipalities are a bit much.
    • 2012, Peter Jan Honigsberg, Our Nation Unhinged, page 16:
      If we are to be a nation of laws, we must follow the rule of law consistently and not abandon it when times get tough.