from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Adhering to the law.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Abiding or standing by the law; obedient to law: as, law - abiding citizens.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Abiding the law; waiting for the operation of law for the enforcement of rights; also, abiding by the law; obedient to the law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Obeying the laws of society; not a
lawbreaker; without a criminal record.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs
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People of this type, who are otherwise law-abiding and patriotic and well-intentioned, protect bootleggers and otherwise violate the Volstead Act with the same faith in the justice of their actions that a group of Middle Western Americans would have in evading a law that prohibited them from planting corn . . .
Nicking people for carrying work knives is a pretty good way of alienating the generally law-abiding public.
But the minute you tell me that such information * has* to be known, accurate and up-to-date at all times, along with much more personal information, by law … that is the day I stop being a law-abiding citizen.
The vast majority of the general public are not ‘underclass’, but decent, honest, law-abiding, hard-working people.
We have had more interaction with decent, working and law-abiding citizens in this period than in the last five years of target-driven nonsense policing.
My point, distilled, is how do you coppers feel when you see this Goverment making more and more laws that tend to isolate you from your natural alies, the law-abiding public?
Everybody I have spoken to about this, law-abiding people every one, thinks it is outrageous.
Let your federation lobby the government and your senior officers to get rid of the target culture, bureaucracy and political correctness and you would have the law-abiding public massively on your side (believe it or not).
What people want the police to do is pretty simple: hinder the criminals, and help the law-abiding.
I remember learning about 30 years ago that the police in France were hated (hated?) by the entire French population, young, old, working class, law-abiding and criminal.