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

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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 The gun-toting men wearing headgear and zipping through the streets of Covington on bicycles are not lawbreakers. Kim Chatelain,, "Covington police will take to the streets on bikes," 30 Jan. 2018 In his book, Biden writes that some parts of that crime bill always troubled him, including its three-strikes-and-you’re-out provision that sent some federal lawbreakers to prison for life. Matthew Cooper, Newsweek, "Joe Biden Can Beat Trump in 2020, but Will the Democratic Party Let Him Run?," 27 Dec. 2017 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

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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 How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who breaks the law

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