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 lawbreaking (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 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 At last, an award designed specifically to recognise goalkeepers, to honour the universal lawbreakers of the beautiful game, who run around getting their grubby mitts on our balls., "Ranking All 10 of the Yachine Trophy Nominees 2019," 22 Oct. 2019 But its effects have been limited, at least temporarily, by disputes over whether past lawbreakers must first pay all fees, fines and restitution, as the Legislature has decided. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board,, "Florida’s clemency system is a mess that needs fixing now | Editorial," 3 Oct. 2019 Copperas Cove may be about 250 miles from the nearest beach, but even that distance doesn't put sea-going lawbreakers out of reach from the long ... fin of the law. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Texas cops 'bust' shark for possession of seaweed," 29 July 2019 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 But postcard-size fliers implying that Williams, too, is a lawbreaker were piled up outside the doors to Tuesday night's regular meeting of the county Democratic committee on the second floor of the county courthouse in downtown Kansas City. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Dirty politics? Legislator says flier falsely links her to Mike Sanders' corruption | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Burglarizing a home also comes with stiffer penalties -- and prosecutors suspect that the lawbreakers know that., "Big jump in business break-ins pushes Portland police to fight back," 20 Apr. 2018 Stop protecting lawbreakers and giving all officers more dangerous work to do so that a few politicians can score political points on the backs of officer safety. Steve Magagnini, And Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Judge rejects venue change in federal government's immigration suit against California | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lawbreaker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2019

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“Lawbreaker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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