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outlaw

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noun out·law \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ\

Simple Definition of outlaw

  • : a person who has broken the law and who is hiding or running away to avoid punishment

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outlaw

  1. 1 :  a person excluded from the benefit or protection of the law

  2. 2 a :  a lawless person or a fugitive from the law b :  a person or organization under a ban or restriction c :  one that is unconventional or rebellious

  3. 3 :  an animal (as a horse) that is wild and unmanageable

outlaw adjective

Examples of outlaw in a sentence

  1. Billy the Kid was one of the most famous outlaws of America's early history.



Origin of outlaw

Middle English outlawe, from Old English ūtlaga, from Old Norse ūtlagi, from ūt out (akin to Old English ūt out) + lag-, lǫg law — more at out, law


First Known Use: before 12th century


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outlaw

verb out·law

Simple Definition of outlaw

  • : to make (something) illegal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outlaw

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deprive of the benefit and protection of law :  declare to be an outlaw b :  to make illegal <outlawed dueling>

  3. 2 :  to place under a ban or restriction

  4. 3 :  to remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement

outlawry play \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯr-ē\ noun

Examples of outlaw in a sentence

  1. That type of gun was outlawed last year.

  2. The government passed a bill outlawing the hiring of children under the age of 12.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of outlaw

before 12th century


OUTLAW Defined for Kids

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outlaw

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noun out·law \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ\

Definition of outlaw for Students

  1. :  a person who has broken the law and is hiding or fleeing to avoid punishment



Headscratcher for outlaw

“In” and “out” may be opposites, but “in-law” and outlaw are not. An in-law is someone you're related to by marriage. An outlaw is someone who has broken the law.


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outlaw

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verb out·law

Definition of outlaw for Students

outlawedoutlawing

  1. :  to make illegal <Dueling was outlawed.>




Law Dictionary

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outlaw

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noun out·law \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ\

Legal Definition of outlaw

  1. 1 :  a person excluded from the benefit or protection of the law <a trespasser is not an outlaw>

  2. 2 :  a lawless person or a fugitive from the law

  3. 3 :  a person or organization (as a nation) under a ban or restriction or considered to be in defiance of norms or laws <considered an outlaw for its support of terrorism>



Origin of outlaw

Old English ūtlaga, from Old Norse ūtlagi, from ūt out + lag lǫg law


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outlaw

transitive verb out·law

Legal Definition of outlaw

  1. :  to make illegal

outlawry \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯr-ē\ play noun




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