Scofflaw meaning

skŏflô, skôf-
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One who habitually violates laws, especially laws that do not involve serious criminal offenses.
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(informal) A habitual or flagrant violator of laws, esp. traffic or liquor laws.
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One who habitually violates minor laws or fails to answer trivial court summonses (such as parking tickets).
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Origin of scofflaw

  • Coined simultaneously by Mr Henry Irving Dale and Miss Kate L. Butler for a contest held in Boston in 1923 in which a word for "a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor" was sought during the Prohibition era.

    From Wiktionary