Crossword Genius

It’s laid down (3)

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I believe the answer is:

law

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'down' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both acts as well as being singular nouns.
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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for law that I've seen before include "Body of rules of conduct for a society", "A rule", "Edict", "Set of rules laid down by authority", "Commandment", "Rule imposed by authority", "Statute", "Rule of conduct", "Collection of rules imposed by authority" and "Official rule".)

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