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  1. law and order(Noun)

    The principles under which the world and its components operate.

  2. law and order(Noun)

    The enforcement of law, statutes, and social conventions.


  1. Law and order

    In politics, law and order refers to demands for a strict criminal justice system, especially in relation to violent and property crime, through stricter criminal penalties. These penalties may include longer terms of imprisonment, mandatory sentencing, three strikes laws, and in some countries, capital punishment. Supporters of "law and order" argue that effective deterrence combined with incarceration is the most effective means of crime prevention. Opponents of law and order argue that a system of harsh criminal punishment is ultimately ineffective because it does not address underlying or systemic causes of crime. "Law and order" is a recurring theme in political campaigns around the world. Candidates may exaggerate or even manufacture a problem with law and order, or characterise their opponents as "weak" on the issue, to generate public support. The expression also sometimes carries the implication of arbitrary or unnecessary law enforcement, or excessive use of police powers.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of law and order in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of law and order in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of law and order in a Sentence

  1. J. Edgar Hoover:

    Justice is incidental to law and order.

  2. J. Edgar Hoover:

    Justice is incedental to law and order.

  3. Adam Clayton Jr. Powell:

    A man's respect for law and order exists in precise relationship to the size of his paycheck.

  4. The President:

    This will be the election of the caravan, Kavanaugh, law and order, tax cuts and common sense.

  5. Donald Trump:

    We have to demand from our politicians, who are weak right now, we have to demand law and order.

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