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1fugitive

adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jə-tiv\

: running away to avoid being captured

: lasting a very short time

Full Definition of FUGITIVE

1
:  running away or intending flight <a fugitive slave> <a fugitive debtor>
2
:  moving from place to place :  wandering
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
:  being of transient interest <fugitive essays>
fu·gi·tive·ly adverb
fu·gi·tive·ness noun

Examples of FUGITIVE

  1. As he daydreamed, fugitive thoughts passed through his mind.
  2. <that fugitive trait called artistic creativity>

Origin 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>.

2fugitive

noun

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

Full Definition of FUGITIVE

1
:  a person who flees or tries to escape; especially :  refugee
2
:  something elusive or hard to find

Examples of FUGITIVE

  1. They discovered that the slave was a fugitive.

First Known Use of FUGITIVE

14th century
FUGITIVE Defined for Kids

1fugitive

adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jə-tiv\

Definition of FUGITIVE for Kids

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

2fugitive

noun

Definition of FUGITIVE for Kids

:  a person who is running away
Medical Dictionary

fugitive

adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jət-iv\

Medical Definition of FUGITIVE

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

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