[ law-brey-ker ]
/ ˈlɔˌbreɪ kər /


a person who breaks or violates the law.

Origin of lawbreaker

before 1050; Middle English lawbreker; replacing Old English lahbreca. See law1, breaker1
Related formslaw·break·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lawbreaker


/ (ˈlɔːˌbreɪkə) /


a person who breaks the law
informal something that does not conform with legal standards or requirements
Derived Formslawbreaking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for lawbreaker



also law-breaker, mid-15c., from law + agent noun from break (v.).

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