law and order

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law and order

Strict enforcement of laws, especially for controlling crime. For example, Our candidate is always talking about law and order. The concept behind this term was stated by Aristotle. Today, however, it also carries the implication of infringing on civil rights in the course of too arduous law enforcement. [Late 1500s]
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law and ˈorder

a situation in which most people in a country respect and obey the law; public order: There has been a breakdown in law and order in some parts of the country.The President praised the forces of law and order (= the police and the army).
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