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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

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

  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

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

out·law·ry play \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯr-ē\ noun

Examples of outlaw

  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



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