law·​break·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \

Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who violates the law

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lawbreaking \ ˈlȯ-​ˌbrā-​kiŋ How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of lawbreaker in a Sentence

He admitted to being a lawbreaker. legislation that mandates lengthy prison sentences for chronic lawbreakers
Recent Examples on the Web Since May, the Australian national, 48, has been locked up at Belmarsh Prison, a facility that houses some of Britain's most dangerous lawbreakers. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'To the ends of the Earth': What's at stake if Julian Assange is prosecuted," 24 Feb. 2020 At that point, any juvenile lawbreakers who are sentenced to custody will be placed in a county juvenile hall or alternative local setting. Bob Egelko,, "Newsom proposes closing youth prisons as crime drops and coronavirus drains budget," 24 May 2020 When some of the wounded and the families of the slain brought a civil suit, the defense framed them as threatening lawbreakers, and defended the officers as heroes protecting their community. Nancy K. Bristow, Time, "50 Years After the Jackson State Killings, America's Crisis of Racial Injustice Continues—and Shows the Danger of Forgetting," 14 May 2020 The Police will continue to maintain the city’s public safety and bring all lawbreakers to justice. Washington Post, "Statement from the Hong Kong police in response to questions from The Washington Post," 24 Dec. 2019 Typically, conservation officer Scott Avery makes the lawbreaker take it to a food pantry. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Wild Game State Agencies Confiscate Does Not Go in a Dumpster," 10 Feb. 2020 Our Attorney General’s Office is a lawbreaker, not a law enforcer. al, "All I want for Christmas is a public records law that works," 21 Dec. 2019 Clemency is a form of mercy by a government toward a lawbreaker. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board,, "Florida’s clemency system is a mess that needs fixing now | Editorial," 3 Oct. 2019 Facial-recognition software, for example, is used to catch jaywalkers and lawbreakers, to monitor toilet paper use in public toilets, and for identity verification to get a mobile number. Jane Li, Quartz, "A “brain-reading” headband for students is too much even for Chinese parents," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lawbreaker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lawbreaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who breaks the law

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