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law and order

strict control of crime and repression of violence, sometimes involving the possible restriction of civil rights.
Origin of law and order
1590-1600 Unabridged
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  • The central government was mainly focusing on issues of law and order or security.
  • It's a perfectly natural thing for humans to do when law and order breaks down.
  • The state is responsible for every crime and it is a lame excuse that it is meant to preserve only the law and order situation.
  • But then come the problems of law and order for smooth functioning of society.
  • Natty stands as a protest, on behalf of simplicity and perfect freedom, against encroaching law and order.
  • He is a firm believer in law and order, within reason.
  • Science has long been based on the notion that law and order rule the universe.
  • The public sector's main responsibility is the provision of defense, law and order, and necessary public goods.
  • Governments currently spend seventeen times as much on income transfers, education, and social aid as they do on law and order.
  • Series covers the process of law and order from a dual perspective.
Idioms and Phrases with law and order

law and order

Strict enforcement of laws, especially for controlling crime. For example, Our candidate is always talking about law and order. The concept behind this term was stated by Aristotle. Today, however, it also carries the implication of infringing on civil rights in the course of too arduous law enforcement. [ Late 1500s ]
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