lawless

adjective law·less \ ˈlȯ-ləs \

Definition of lawless

1 :not regulated by or based on law
2 a :not restrained or controlled by law :unruly
b :illegal

lawlessly

adverb

lawlessness

noun

Examples of lawless in a Sentence

  1. the lawless society of the frontier

  2. the lawless rioters were destroying everything in sight

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First Known Use of lawless

12th century


LAWLESS Defined for English Language Learners

lawless

adjective

Definition of lawless for English Language Learners

  • : having no laws

  • : not obeying the law


LAWLESS Defined for Kids

lawless

adjective law·less \ ˈlȯ-ləs \

Definition of lawless for Students

1 :having no laws :not based on or controlled by law
  • a lawless frontier town
2 :uncontrolled by law :unruly
  • a lawless mob

lawlessness

noun

Law Dictionary

lawless

adjective law·less

legal Definition of lawless

1 :not restrained or controlled by law
2 :illegal
  • a lawless act

lawlessly

adverb

lawlessness

noun


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