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Does the term "law abiding" imply a willingness/intent to break the law under certain circumstances?

Asked by ragingloli (51733points) March 9th, 2022

The word “abide” seems to express, that one does not really want to follow the law, but will do so for now.

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cheebdragon's avatar

Abide means “to be able to live with or put up with.” If you can’t abide with something, it means you can’t stand it. If you can abide it, it means you can live with it.

LostInParadise's avatar

No, it means that even if you don’t like the law, you are willing to follow it.

Here is one for you. If you commit a criminal act and do not resist arrest, are you breaking the law? Under this interpretation, the law does not prohibit anything. It just gives you a choice of either following certain guidelines or accepting well specified consequences of not following the guidelines.

zenvelo's avatar

“Law Abiding” means someone who obeys laws no matter the circumstance. It becomes pejorative when someone refuses to break an unjust law.

JLoon's avatar

Willingness abides in me – I think it’s next to godliness.

Or something…

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