Definition of lawlessness in US English:

lawlessness

noun

  • A state of disorder due to a disregard of the law.

    ‘the country's descent into lawlessness’
    • ‘Their commitment to fighting corruption and lawlessness has brought an end to the banditry once a feature of rural life in the country.’
    • ‘They become trapped in a vicious circle in which poverty begets lawlessness and lawlessness begets more poverty.’
    • ‘There has been lots of looting and lawlessness, with government buildings, hospitals, schools, libraries and museums ransacked.’
    • ‘At that time there was persistent lawlessness, there were bandits, pirates, non-existent communications, areas of dense population, others of none.’
    • ‘The political anarchy (disorder) of the 1970s and 1980s has led to lawlessness in parts of the country.’
    • ‘By the time he was born the South's undying racial tensions and growing lawlessness forced his parents out of town.’
    • ‘Throughout the nation's history, however, there have been periodic explosions of violence and lawlessness.’
    • ‘Throughout the spring politically motivated lawlessness mounted around the city.’
    • ‘For the believers in society and community, however, such views raised the spectre of lawlessness and anarchic self-indulgence.’
    • ‘They could be doing more, especially to stop brazen looting and rampant lawlessness that has added terror to the tragedy in the city.’

Pronunciation

lawlessness

/ˈlôləsnəs/