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abide -- as in: abide by her decision
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as in: abide by her decision Define
to tolerate or put up with something
  • I can’t abide her continual complaints.
  • He couldn’t abide their religious intolerance.
  • Never say never, for if you live long enough, chances are you will not be able to abide by its restrictions. Never is a long, undependable time, and life is too full of rich possibilities to have restrictions placed upon it.
    Gloria Swanson
  • You are all kindness, madam; but I believe we must abide by our original plan.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • She wished she had paid more attention to them, but only one glance down a column of print was enough to tell her a familiar story: same people who were the Invisible Empire, who hated Catholics; ignorant, fear-ridden, red-faced, boorish, law-abiding, one hundred per cent red-blooded Anglo-Saxons, her fellow Americans—trash.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I cannot abide to be split and confused—I cannot think straight!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I can’t abide ugliness in factories!
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • I never could abide figures! (where figures refers to math)
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • I never could abide such goings on, sir,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • "I can’t abide the thought of that Witch fiddling with it," said Mrs Beaver, "and breaking it or stealing it, as likely as not."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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  • hears the merry noise of Hart and cannot abide it;
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • The one he could abide; he hated dragging God into it.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I cannot abide unresolved conflict!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • That instruments capable of such feats existed had at first caused considerable panic among quite law-abiding people.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • It was not for him to consider further: he had only to confront the obvious, which was that he had made himself quite an impostor as a law-abiding religious teacher.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Why, that there are some folks up on Big Unaka who need pretty badly to appear as very law-abiding citizens.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • As a law-abiding member of the social order I must call the Zurich police and tell them where you are.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And by the sacred Bill of Rights, you’ll have the protection from the murderer that any honest law-abiding citizen deserves.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • "Law-abiding people," Dubois had told us, "hardly dared go into a public park at night.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • I represent the families of Mary Dalton and Bessie Mears and a hundred million law-abiding men and women of this nation who are laboring in duty or industry.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • And as I have the reputation of a temperate and law-abiding citizen—like yourself, Doctor—I have a certain influence in the town, a little bit of power, if I may be allowed to say so.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • I believe they are a good, law-abiding people.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • He laughed his own pleasant and inane laugh, and burying his slender, long hands into the capacious pockets of his overcoat, he said leisurely—"a bloodthirsty young ruffian, Do you want to make a hole in a law-abiding man?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He was doing more than ninety miles an hour and blew past the sluggish, law-abiding traffic, assuming some driver or other would take down his licence plate number.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • …gym floor and there in one of the giant keyholes inscribed for basketball see, groping her vertical backstroke a little awkward opposite any boy heels might make her an inch taller than, a Sharon, Linda or Michele, seventeen and what is known as a hip one, whose velveted eyes ultimately, statistically would meet Mucho’s and respond, and the thing would develop then groovy as it could when you found you couldn’t get statutory rape really out of the back of your law-abiding head.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • After the Georgia legislature declared a prohibition against alcoholic beverages in 1907, Papa quit making or drinking beer — he believed in being law-abiding — and the churches started using fruit nectars instead of wine.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • MR. BENTON: As a law-abiding and generous man, I give him the benefit of the law whether he claims it or not.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He was the law-abiding element: he wouldn’t recognize criminals.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "And now," said the stranger, smiling and showing his teeth, "I shall call upon you, as a law-abiding citizen, to assist me in taking possession of my property."
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Spangler, Mudd, and Arnold were pardoned in 1869 by Andrew Johnson and lived out their days as law-abiding citizens.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • /Handy/, /kinky/, /law-abiding/, /chunky/, /solid/ (in the sense of well-to-do), /evincive/, /complected/, /judgmatical/, /underpinned/, /blooded/ and /cute/ were also already secure in revolutionary days.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • This emphasis on illicit cash proved to be a winning effort, for nothing infuriated the law-abiding populace more than the image of the millionaire crack dealer.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • And think about this: Lorelle Henry, who seemed for all the world like a decent, law-abiding human being, testified that she was sure that there were 2 men in the store, 2 men involved in the robbery.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Monster
  • I mean, here I am, a law-abiding citizen, never took nothing that didn’t belong to me my whole life, and now I’m stuck with this.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Housing, employment, health, family—these are the factors that determine whether a person returning home from prison will succeed or fail as a law-abiding citizen.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In an emergency, the poor would panic, become confused and go wild; the "better class" would remain calm and law-abiding, and find an orderly way to deal with the problem.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Many of the stories, she finds, follow a similar trajectory: This bad thing happened, and this—and I found myself on a train—and this bad thing happened, and this—but I grew up to become a respectable, law-abiding citizen; I fell in love, I had children and grandchildren; in short, I’ve had a happy life, a life that could only have been possible because I was orphaned or abandoned and sent to Kansas or Minnesota or Oklahoma on a train.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Most law-abiding.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • The explanation given was that the law-abiding citizens of the county had had enough.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The first category, generally speaking, are men conservative in temperament and law-abiding; they live under control and love to be controlled.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If you don’t—it’s a fine, law-abiding country is England, and there’s always a policeman within hail.’
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Murderand I’ve always been such a law-abiding man!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Since national prohibition was now in force, and since Zenith was notoriously law-abiding, they were compelled to keep the cocktails innocent by drinking them out of tea-cups.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She was the nosiest woman in the world and spent most of her life spying on the boring, law-abiding neighbors.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • He kept glancing down at the map, wondering … It just didn’t seem in character, somehow, for correct, law-abiding Mr. Crouch to be sneaking around somebody else’s office this late at night….
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Now, take me on the whole, I’m a quiet fellow: I’m law-abiding, I don’t wish any unpleasantness; but I—I—"
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • We’re a law-abiding people and a slow-to-anger people.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • And Johnny, who was the most law-abiding of us, now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
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as in: abide by her decision Define
to tolerate or put up with something
as in: abide in the forest Define
to live in a place or more rarely: to live with someone or something
as in: an abiding desire to Define
to remain or endure
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