law and order


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law and order

The laws and regulations that govern how crime should be controlled and how society should function, and the enforcement by police and judicial systems thereof. The mayoral candidate vowed to bring law and order back into the crime-ridden city. It took many years for the country to establish law and order after gaining its independence from the empire.
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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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law and order

Strict enforcement of laws, especially with regard to controlling crime. This policy was first expounded by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his Politics: “Law means good order.” However, it also acquired a bad name among those who point to its association with infringements of civil rights in the mid-1900s. More than a century earlier Rhode Island had a restrictive property qualification for voters. A Suffrage Party was formed and led a rebellion in 1842; its opponents were called the “Law and Order” party. The term was also used in 1881 with reference to maintaining law and order in Ireland (surely a controversial issue), and became a cliché in the course of several mid-twentieth-century American political campaigns. The British journal The Economist commented in 1968, “Mr Nixon . . . and Mr Humphrey are both making concessions to this overriding concern about law and order.” In the 1990s the term had largely lost its repressive connotation. A popular television series entitled Law and Order dealt with the cooperative crime-fighting efforts of police officers and lawyers.
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