law·​break·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər \

Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who violates the law

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lawbreaking \ ˈlȯ-​ˌbrā-​kiŋ \ adjective or noun

Examples of lawbreaker in a Sentence

He admitted to being a lawbreaker. legislation that mandates lengthy prison sentences for chronic lawbreakers

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With little faith in the police or the courts to bring criminals to justice, mobs routinely kill suspected lawbreakers in spontaneous attacks. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018 Photos of lawbreakers were displayed alongside their names and government I.D. numbers. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Chaos and protection of lawbreakers breeds fear for us, the law-abiders, and your message stokes those fears., "Costa Mesa City Council showed courage in its defense of federal law," 4 May 2018 Many Republicans deride that plan as amnesty for lawbreakers, a potential attack line their next primary challenger could wield against them. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "GOP compromise immigration bill defeated on House floor," 27 June 2018 Family separation is not the President’s fault for arresting and prosecuting lawbreakers. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "'Don’t break the law,' McClintock says to families separated at the border," 20 June 2018 Family separation is not the president’s fault for arresting and prosecuting lawbreakers. John Wildermuth,, "Trump’s shift: For California congressional Republicans, it’s still a crisis," 20 June 2018 Vegas is lawbreakers – though, to be fair, that’s just Bugsy. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Which Stanley Cup Final city is more sinful, Las Vegas or Washington?," 6 June 2018 Conservatives are opposed to creating a new pathway to staying in the United States permanently, equating it with granting amnesty to lawbreakers. Lisa Mascaro,, "Congress facing immigration fight, tension on tariffs," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of lawbreaker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who does something that is not legal : a person who breaks the law


law·​break·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər \

Kids Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who breaks the law

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