lawbreaker

noun
law·break·er | \ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər \

Definition of lawbreaker 

: a person who violates the law

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Other Words from lawbreaker

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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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, SFChronicle.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "Congress facing immigration fight, tension on tariffs," 4 June 2018 Conservatives are opposed to creating a new pathway to staying in the U.S. permanently, equating it with granting amnesty to lawbreakers. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Congress faces immigration showdown, tension on tariffs," 3 June 2018 On the criminal-justice side, law enforcement is in an arms race with lawbreakers. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?," 22 Sep. 2014 They are used by a police department in Memphis, Tenn., to monitor streets and gather evidence to prosecute lawbreakers. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Bill Moves to Block U.S. From Buying Chinese Surveillance Equipment," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of lawbreaker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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lawbreaker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lawbreaker

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

lawbreaker

noun
law·break·er | \ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər \

Kids Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who breaks the law

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