[ law-uh-bahy-ding ]
/ ˈlɔ əˌbaɪ dɪŋ /


obeying or keeping the law; obedient to law: law-abiding citizens.


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Origin of law-abiding

First recorded in 1830–40

OTHER WORDS FROM law-abiding

law-a·bid·ing·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for law-abiding



adhering more or less strictly to the lawsa law-abiding citizen

Derived forms of law-abiding

law-abidingness, noun
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