Please suggest an adjective that shows a "rule" or "law" is true for everyone and there is no exception.

I thought it might be "a public rule/law" but I am not sure if it's a good choice.

Thanks in advance.

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    "Universal", perhaps?
    – Hellion
    Mar 4, 2014 at 18:45
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    I'm not so sure. To me, that sounds like the rule covers everything (as opposed to applying to everyone). Can you elaborate on the specifics of the situation in mind? Mar 4, 2014 at 18:59
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    I avoid ambiguity like I relish hot dogs. Mar 4, 2014 at 19:06
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    written and unwritten rules?
    – Nico
    Mar 4, 2014 at 19:26
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    In my experience, these rules are tacit. I'm not certain you need another word to indicate that a rule applies to everyone in a given community—that is the default behavior of rules. I think you would only need to specify if a rule did not apply to all members. Mar 4, 2014 at 19:35

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You could use "mandatory", as in:

"It is mandatory for all bathers to wear a swimsuit."


"Please bring the mandatory application form with you"

  • Thank you, I've learned a new thing by reading your answer but it's not what I am looking for. thanks again.
    – user3214
    Mar 5, 2014 at 10:17

There could be many terms for this and it depends which context you are talking about. Also, I'll not get into the debate of whether it's law or rule.

Whether rule or law they both bring seriousness and are mandatory to follow/obey, but then too, to intensify them, you may simply use these options:

Strict rule/law for everyone (i.e. there is no exception)

Since it's about rule, don't play with words. Be transparent and terse. I think any other option would add an ambiguity.

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