I need a word for someone whom the law is enforced upon, any ideas?

Example : Law needs to disregard the personal beliefs of the enforcers as well as the _____

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    .......Citizen? – Edwin Ashworth Jul 21 '16 at 23:38
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    Someone is sure to suggest "enforcee" or "law-enforcee". The OED says "No dictionary entries found for ‘enforcee’". Let's keep it that way. – ab2 Jul 21 '16 at 23:57
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    "perp" -------- – Greg Lee Jul 22 '16 at 0:10
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    Please edit your question after going over the "question checklist" for asking good single word request questions. You need to specify the context, and it would also be helpful to have information about any words you have already considered and discarded. – sumelic Jul 22 '16 at 0:53
  • Consider "... as well as those apprehended". – Lawrence Jul 22 '16 at 3:08

"Subject", maybe?

A police officer might write "I informed the subject that according to city ordinances, he needs to keep his hedge trimmed so it doesn't encroach on the sidewalk."

"Subject" doesn't have the criminal connotations of "suspect" or "defendant".


governed : "the body of people who are citizens of a particular government" –vocabulary.com

Law needs to disregard the personal beliefs of the enforcers as well as the governed.

Civilians works as well IMO (as would citizenry), as this context makes note of "the enforcers". Although police officers are both, technically, citizens and civilians, I don't think anyone would bat an eye at the distinction between us (the governed) and The Man.

See also (if you want to get derogatory), skell.

An apt idiom would be general populace, but it still needs context (e.g., "the enforcers") to denote what the distinction is that you're making from them.


"Defendant" or "suspect." An indication of the nature of the law being enforced would probably elicit additional words.


Lawbreaker is maybe the word you are looking for.

noun: a person who violates the law

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