adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jə-tiv\

: running away to avoid being captured

: lasting a very short time

Full Definition of FUGITIVE

:  running away or intending flight <a fugitive slave> <a fugitive debtor>
:  moving from place to place :  wandering
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>
:  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



: 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

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


adjective fu·gi·tive \ˈfyü-jət-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FUGITIVE

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


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