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law and order

1. The orderly arrangement of society in which people follow laws and are not disruptive: a breakdown of law and order.
2. The strict enforcement of laws, especially by police action: argued that we should balance law and order with a willingness to listen to people's grievances.

law′-and-or′der adj.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) favouring or advocating strong measures to suppress crime and violence: a law-and-order candidate.
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