scofflaw


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scoff·law

 (skŏf′lô′, skôf′-)
n.
One who habitually violates laws, especially laws that do not involve serious criminal offenses.

scofflaw

(ˈskɒflɔː)
n
informal US a person who habitually flouts or violates the law, esp one who fails to pay debts or answer summonses

scoff•law

(ˈskɔfˌlɔ, ˈskɒf-)

n.
a person who flouts the law, esp. one who fails to pay fines owed.
[1920–25, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scofflaw - one who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
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