Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or quality of being lawless, or of being unrestrained, unauthorized, or uncontrolled by law; want of legality or legitimacy.
- n. illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of the law
- n. a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
“He says low troop levels early on in the occupation may have contributed to what he called lawlessness in the country.”
“And this time when it went up, the governors of the two states where this happened -- Taraba state (INAUDIBLE) state, separately invited to the military, through me, to take care of what they called the lawlessness of young men who put illegal roadblocks on either side of the state boundary, and if you do not belong to their ethnic group, they take you and kill you.”
“Roman law, flocked into such centres; a tenacious and ambitious race of men issued from among the burgesses, who equally hated the naughtiness of the lords and what they called the lawlessness of the peasants.”
“In Mexico, mafia style executions, government corruption, mass murder and outright lawlessness is an out of control problem not seen NOB.”
“Ancient lawlessness is hardly justification for the present one.”
“There has never been a more obvious need for more government oversight and regulations to reign in the lawlessness from the Bush era.”
“I suspect lawlessness is an issue, although it may also be common for people to be travelling fast to the new open lands to start their farms.”
“Insurgent attacks are said to be on the rise, and lawlessness is increasing.”
“Similarly, 2 Thessalonians 2.8 reads, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed” (NRSV).”
“And speaking to the concept of individual responsibility for war criminals at the highest levels, then and in the future, Justice Jackson said: â€œThe ultimate step in avoiding periodic wars, which are inevitable in a system of international lawlessness, is to make statesmen responsible to law.”
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