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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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  • None of this is exactly fair on those law-abiding sorts who do pay their taxes, of course.
  • The other maintains that even the safest cars with law-abiding drivers can crash.
  • The decline in the crime rate correlates with the increasing ownership of guns by law-abiding citizens.
  • On the other hand, a law-abiding citizen of a country is paying taxes.
  • The overwhelming majority of the people attending this conference are active, engaged and law-abiding citizens.
  • law-abiding citizens can carry on their affairs without anyone snooping on them or telling them what they can and can't do.
British Dictionary definitions for law-abiding


adhering more or less strictly to the laws: a law-abiding citizen
Derived Forms
law-abidingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for law-abiding

1839, from law + abiding.

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