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 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 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

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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