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English definition of “law and order”

law and order

noun [U]    
C2 a situation in which the laws of a country are being obeyed, especially when the police or army are used to make certain of this: a complete breakdown in law and orderSocial order and disorderObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
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