Definition of RULE


RULE

This is a metaphorical expression borrowed from mechanics.
The rule, in its proper and natural sense, is an instrument by means of which
may be drawn from one point to another, the shortest possible line, which is
called a straight line.


2. The rule is a means of comparison in the arts to judge whether the
line be straight, as it serves in jurisprudence, to judge whether an action be
just or unjust, it is just or right, when it agrees with the rule, which is the
law. It is unjust and wrong, when it deviates from it. lt is the same with our
will or our intention.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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