• WordNet 3.6
    • adj law-abiding (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs "law-abiding citizens","observant of the speed limit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Law-abiding Abiding the law; waiting for the operation of law for the enforcement of rights; also, abiding by the law; obedient to the law; as, law-abiding people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • law-abiding Abiding or standing by the law; obedient to law: as, law - abiding citizens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Law-abiding obedient to the law
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lawe—A.S. lagu, from licgan, to lie; Ice. lōg.


In literature:

The inhabitants are law-abiding and crimes of violence are very rare.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
This man Morgan is a law-abiding citizen.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
Each party would abide by the decision as if it had come from a court of law.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
Children then take upon themselves laws and become self-governing and law-abiding.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
He regarded his duty as a man, and not as a law-abiding citizen.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Outside of his trade he lived a cleaner life than many a so-called law-abiding citizen.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
The people were quiet, orderly, law-abiding.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
We stand ready to assist any one whose behavior seems to us that of a law-abiding citizen.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
If police and prison records mean anything they mean that, considered as law-abiding citizens, women are ten times as good as men.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Law abiding methods alienate no one while methods of violence and disorder create anti-suffragists by the hundreds.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
I hope not, but I took the law into my own hands, and I am prepared to abide by the law if you so decide this minute.
"" by E.W. Hornung
It is established that they were a kindly, peace-loving people, genial and courtly; but whether law-abiding is another matter.
"The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep and the Instruction of Ke'Gemni" by Battiscombe G. Gunn
I'm a law-abiding citizen, and I know my rights, and I'm going to see this through.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
He had not been so orderly and law-abiding as a young English gentleman generally is.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
It would have been happier if its law-abiding tendencies had always been taken for granted.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
They were plain, hard-working people, and, for the most part, decent, law-abiding citizens.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 10" by Various
Fortunately for me, I am one of Her Majesty's most peaceable, law-abiding subjects, and always have been so.
"The House by the Lock" by C. N. Williamson
She was unusual in that she was lawless in method, but worked to law-abiding ends.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Nothing vicious here, nothing to distress the taste of law-abiding citizens; but a tragedy of the soul.
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
First, the son-in-law enters the house of the parents of the bride, saying, 'Peace abide with you in this illustrious hall.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang

In poetry:

Only abiding by the law
Of our God and man,
And on all public questions
For the right, he tries to stand.
"Only" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Today, on equal ground he stands
With loyal, true, and noble men.
He loves his country, and remains
A law abiding citizen.
"Honour's Appeal To Justice" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Is not more lightened, which he feels,
If his will be not satisfied;
And that it be not, from all time
The law is planted, to abide.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Come all the law abiding, come,
Where'er throughout the earth you roam,
And strike for native land and home,
For God and sacred life.
"Strike For Equal Rights" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
While the flag with stars bedecked
Threatens where it should protect,
And the Law shakes hands with Crime,
What is left us but to wait,
Match our patience to our fate,
And abide the better time?
"Burial of Barber" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And, though Thy healing waters far withdraw,
I, too, can wait and feed on hope of Thee
And of the dear recurrence of Thy law,
Sure that the parting grace my morning saw
Abides its time to come in search of me.
"Seaweed" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

I try to be a law-abiding citizen.
Lots of law-abiding American companies depend on immigrant workers.
North Texas Tollway Authority's shame campaign targets the law-abiding .
What law-abiding behavior irks drivers.
Deportations Of Law-Abiding , Younger Illegal Immigrants To Stop.
Gingrich's plan not fair to law-abiding citizens.
'Law Abiding Citizen': Another Ugly Revenge Fantasy Film.
Prisoners Can't Take Jobs From Law-abiding Citizens.
Childhood conscience made me law-abiding .
In this June 15, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama talks about granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the US as children and have since led law-abiding lives, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
While I am an advocate for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, this guy does not qualify and should never be allowed to own a firearm ever.
Gerard Butler promoted his latest action thriller, Law Abiding Citizen, in Berlin Monday.
"Ninety-nine percent of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens, and the last one percent are nothing more than outlaws".
But with Unicor plants at 66 prisons nationwide, critics say prisoners are doing work that law-abiding citizens could be performing.
He also said he wants to be clear that "thugs who use firearms" will be prosecuted , but " prosecuting otherwise law-abiding citizens to me is not justice.

In science:

Falling back on what has been said so far it might well be possible to suppose that the brain, being a macroscopic set-up, is likely to abide in its functioning also by the laws of quantum mechanics.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
In this context we in fact deal with the design of games, such that when agents are assumed to behave in particular way (e.g., be law-abiding, playing in equilibrium, reinforcement learners, etc.) then a desired behavior (e.g., revenue maximization, the maximization of social surplus, etc.) will be obtained.
In this regard CIF process is unique because it does not abide by the law of diminishing returns that plague typical engineering problems where massive effort is required in order to achieve just a few percent of efficiency increase.
Cavitation-Induced Fusion: Proof of Concept