law-abiding


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law-a·bid·ing

(lô′ə-bī′dĭng)
adj.
Adhering to the law.

law-abiding

adj
(Law) adhering more or less strictly to the laws: a law-abiding citizen.
ˈlaw-aˌbidingness n

law′-abid`ing



adj.
abiding by or keeping the law.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.law-abiding - (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs; "law-abiding citizens"; "observant of the speed limit"
lawful - conformable to or allowed by law; "lawful methods of dissent"

law-abiding

adjective obedient, good, peaceful, honourable, orderly, honest, lawful, compliant, dutiful, peaceable We want to protect decent law-abiding people and their property.
Translations

law-abiding

[ˈlɔːəˌbaɪdɪŋ] ADJ (lit) → cumplidor de la ley (fig) → decente

law-abiding

[ˈlɔːəˌbaɪdɪŋ] adjrispettoso/a delle leggi

law

(loː) noun
1. the collection of rules according to which people live or a country etc is governed. Such an action is against the law; law and order.
2. any one of such rules. A new law has been passed by Parliament.
3. (in science) a rule that says that under certain conditions certain things always happen. the law of gravity.
ˈlawful adjective
1. (negative unlawful) allowed by law. He was attacked while going about his lawful business.
2. just or rightful. She is the lawful owner of the property.
ˈlawfully adverb
ˈlawless adjective
paying no attention to, and not keeping, the law. In its early days, the American West was full of lawless men.
ˈlawlessly adverb
ˈlawlessness noun
lawyer (ˈloːjə) noun
a person whose work it is to know about and give advice and help to others concerning the law. If you want to make your will, consult a lawyer.
ˈlaw-abiding adjective
obeying the law. a law- abiding citizen.
law court (also court of law)
a place where people accused of crimes are tried and legal disagreements between people are judged.
ˈlawsuit noun
a quarrel or disagreement taken to a court of law to be settled.
be a law unto oneself
to be inclined not to obey rules or follow the usual customs and conventions.
the law
the police. The thief was still in the building when the law arrived.
the law of the land
the established law of a country.
lay down the law
to state something in a way that indicates that one expects one's opinion and orders to be accepted without argument.
References in classic literature ?
If you don't--it's a fine, law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman within hail.
of him; how that the Sheriff had a mind to serve the King's warrant upon this same rogue, though little would he mind warrant of either king or sheriff, for he was far from being a law-abiding man.
Nice, quiet, law-abiding Germans they've been so far.
While doing this, you can be sure in the future, as in the past, that you and your families will be surrounded by the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people that the world has seen.
Probably nothing else in the world could so soon have transformed Scarlett Trent from the Gold Coast buccaneer to the law-abiding tenant of a Surrey villa.
Gray old law-abiding place, my partner always calls it.
The manager understood that the duty which they owed to the community, as honest and law-abiding men, was the duty to which Henry now referred.
The government issued a proclamation for all law-abiding citizens to come in from the mountains for a period of three months.
Now, take me on the whole, I'm a quiet fellow: I'm law-abiding, I don't wish any unpleasantness; but I--I--"
What you want is a drag, my boy, and you did well to come to a decent law-abiding citizen with a reputation to lose.
Who are you, I'd like to know, to break into a house in this fashion and molest honest, law-abiding men?
Excuse the natural anxiety of a practical law-abiding citizen, but couldn't they adopt a special uniform, for instance, couldn't they wear something, be branded in some way?