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[law-uh-bahy-ding] /ˈlɔ əˌbaɪ dɪŋ/
obeying or keeping the law; obedient to law:
law-abiding citizens.
Origin of law-abiding
Related forms
law-abidingness, noun Unabridged
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  • Mad people do such things; those who carry on the work of the world as useful and law-abiding citizens do not.

    Noteworthy Families (Modern Science) Francis Galton and Edgar Schuster
  • The latter of the two, the dance of peace, is suitable to orderly and law-abiding men.

    Laws Plato
  • I am law-abiding subject of the Queen, and that is all that they can ask of me.

  • He regarded his duty as a man, and not as a law-abiding citizen.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Though I am now so unfortunate as to be barred from the doors of all law-abiding men, do not imagine this will forever continue.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for law-abiding


adhering more or less strictly to the laws: a law-abiding citizen
Derived Forms
law-abidingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for law-abiding

1839, from law + abiding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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