lawlessness


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law·less

 (lô′lĭs)
adj.
1. Unrestrained by law; unruly: a lawless mob.
2. Contrary to the law; unlawful: the lawless slaughter of protected species.
3. Not governed by law: the lawless frontier.

law′less·ly adv.
law′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lawlessness - a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)lawlessness - a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
nihilism - complete denial of all established authority and institutions
2.lawlessness - illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of the law
illegality - unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute

lawlessness

noun anarchy, disorder, chaos, reign of terror, mob rule, mobocracy, ochlocracy Lawlessness is a major problem.

lawlessness

noun
A lack of civil order or peace:
Translations
عَدَم قانونيَّه، خُروج على القانون
nezákonnost
lovløshed
bespravljebezakonje
törvényellenesség
lögleysa
kanunsuzlukyasaya aykırılık

lawlessness

[ˈlɔːlɪsnɪs] N [of place] → desgobierno m, anarquía f; [of act] → ilegalidad f, criminalidad f

lawlessness

[ˈlɔːləsnɪs] n (= behaviour which breaks the law) → non-respect m des lois, non-droit mLaw Lord n (British) juge siégeant à la Chambre des lords

lawlessness

n (of act)Gesetzwidrigkeit f; (of person, society, country)Gesetzlosigkeit f; lawlessness among young peoplegesetzwidriges Verhalten unter Jugendlichen; after the coup, the country reverted to lawlessnessnach dem Staatsstreich fiel das Land in einen Zustand der Gesetzlosigkeit zurück

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 ?
Mercedes and I are not much alarmed about the horse, although this part of Spain is in something of a turmoil, politically, at present, and there is a good deal of lawlessness.
Lead us again, O Man-cub, for we be sick of this lawlessness, and we would be the Free People once more.
Maidens and modesty, as I have said, wandered at will alone and unattended, without fear of insult from lawlessness or libertine assault, and if they were undone it was of their own will and pleasure.
They seemed to be governed by that sort of tacit common-sense law which, say what they will of the inborn lawlessness of the human race, has its precepts graven on every breast.
Not half a mile," was his sturdy answer; for he was not yet so much in love as to measure distance, or reckon time, with feminine lawlessness.
Maybe it was their common lawlessness, and their knowledge of things as old as the world.
But the case of Prince Michael, as it happened, was complicated by legalism as well as lawlessness.
He now felt so glad to be free from his own lawlessness and to submit his will to those who knew the indubitable truth.
Perhaps it was just as well for John Francis that the man who walked so sullenly by his side had not the eyes of a seer, for it was a wild country and Trent himself had drunk deep of its lawlessness.
This explanation will, I trust, relieve those well-regulated minds, who cannot conceive of such literary lawlessness, from the bewilderment which they suffered when the same experiment was tried in a former book.
226-232) But abhorred Strife bare painful Toil and Forgetfulness and Famine and tearful Sorrows, Fightings also, Battles, Murders, Manslaughters, Quarrels, Lying Words, Disputes, Lawlessness and Ruin, all of one nature, and Oath who most troubles men upon earth when anyone wilfully swears a false oath.
In the first there is a vivid picture of the terrible evils which England was suffering through war, lawlessness, the wholesale and foolish application of the death penalty, the misery of the peasants, the absorption of the land by the rich, and the other distressing corruptions in Church and State.