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fugitive

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adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jə-tiv\

Simple Definition of fugitive

  • : running away to avoid being captured

  • : lasting a very short time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fugitive

  1. 1 :  running away or intending flight <a fugitive slave> <a fugitive debtor>

  2. 2 :  moving from place to place :  wandering

  3. 3 a :  being of short duration b :  difficult to grasp or retain :  elusive c :  likely to evaporate, deteriorate, change, fade, or disappear <dyed with fugitive colors>

  4. 4 :  being of transient interest <fugitive essays>

fugitively

adverb

fugitiveness

noun

Examples of fugitive in a sentence

  1. As he daydreamed, fugitive thoughts passed through his mind.

  2. <that fugitive trait called artistic creativity>



Origin and Etymology of fugitive

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fugitif, from Latin fugitivus, from fugitus, past participle of fugere to flee; akin to Greek pheugein to flee


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fugitive

transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay <a hotel catering primarily to transient guests>. transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end <fame in the movies is transitory>. ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration <many slang words are ephemeral>. momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state <my feelings of guilt were only momentary>. fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult <let a fugitive smile flit across his face> <fleeting moments of joy>. evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality <the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation>.

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fugitive

noun fu·gi·tive

Simple Definition of fugitive

  • : a person who is running away to avoid being captured; especially : a person who is trying to escape being arrested by the police

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fugitive

  1. 1 :  a person who flees or tries to escape; especially :  refugee

  2. 2 :  something elusive or hard to find

Examples of fugitive in a sentence

  1. They discovered that the slave was a fugitive.



Did You Know?

Fugitive was adopted into English as both a noun and an adjective in the 14th century. Both forms came to Middle English by way of Middle French from the Latin adjective fugitivus. Fugitivus, in turn, comes from fugitus, the past participle of the verb fugere, meaning "to flee." Since its adoption, the noun fugitive has been used to identify a motley group of individuals: runaway slaves and soldiers, on-the-run criminals, exiles, refugees, and vagabonds. Eventually, it also developed a less commonly used extended sense for things which are difficult to find or pin down.

14th Century

First Known Use of fugitive

14th century


FUGITIVE Defined for Kids

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fugitive

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adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jə-tiv\

Definition of fugitive for Students

  1. :  running away or trying to escape <a fugitive prisoner>




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fugitive

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noun fu·gi·tive

Definition of fugitive for Students

  1. :  a person who is running away




Medical Dictionary

fugitive

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adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jət-iv\

Medical Definition of fugitive

  1. :  tending to be inconstant or transient <fugitive aches and pains—Berton Roueche>




Law Dictionary

fugitive

noun fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jə-tiv\

Legal Definition of fugitive

  1. :  a person who flees; especially :  a person who flees one jurisdiction (as a state) for another in order to elude law enforcement personnel





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