Positive Law Law and Legal Definition

Positive law refers to the body of man-made laws enacted within a political entity. It is a reaction against natural law theory. Positive law includes all those laws that have been duly enacted by a properly instituted and popularly recognized branch of government. In the U. S., positive laws come in a variety of forms at both the state and federal levels, including legislative enactments, judicial orders, executive decrees, and administrative regulations.