Definition of law and order in English:

law and order


  • A situation characterized by respect for and obedience to the rules of a society.

    ‘his forces were preparing to withdraw from the province after restoring law and order’
    • ‘The state has assigned the task of maintenance of proper law and order in the country to the police.’
    • ‘For those with no respect or regard for law and order, such rules and laws are irrelevant.’
    • ‘It would have to give people security, humanitarian aid, peace, and some form of law and order.’
    • ‘One wouldn't want to allow something as frightful as ordinary people having a say in law and order, would one?’
    • ‘He said that if he decides to stand he will campaign on ‘a return to law and order and decency’.’
    • ‘He intends to campaign on issues such as law and order and the number of economic migrants trying to get into Britain.’
    • ‘One of the first precepts of any civilised society is respect for law and order.’
    • ‘The estate is patrolled by ex-soldiers who are helping to restore law and order.’
    • ‘To restore and preserve law and order, there will be 10,000 extra police on the streets.’
    • ‘There was no law and order, even when the soldiers came and made a barricade with barbed wire outside the station.’
    law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, accord, concord, amity, amicableness, goodwill, friendship, cordiality, non-aggression, non-violence
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law and order

/ˌlɔː ən(d) ˈɔːdə/