noun \ˈat-ˌl\

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

Full Definition of OUTLAW

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



: to make (something) illegal

Full Definition of OUTLAW

transitive verb
a :  to deprive of the benefit and protection of law :  declare to be an outlaw
b :  to make illegal <outlawed dueling>
:  to place under a ban or restriction
:  to remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement
out·law·ry \ˈat-ˌlr-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.

First Known Use of OUTLAW

before 12th century


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