outlaw

noun
out·​law | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ How to pronounce outlaw (audio) \

Definition of outlaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person excluded from the benefit or protection of the law
2a : 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 : an animal (such as a horse) that is wild and unmanageable

outlaw

verb
outlawed; outlawing; outlaws

Definition of outlaw (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to deprive of the benefit and protection of law : declare to be an outlaw
b : to make illegal outlawed dueling
2 : to place under a ban or restriction
3 : to remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement

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Other Words from outlaw

Noun

outlaw adjective

Verb

outlawry \ ˈau̇t-​ˌlȯr-​ē How to pronounce outlawry (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for outlaw

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of outlaw in a Sentence

Noun Billy the Kid was one of the most famous outlaws of America's early history. Verb That type of gun was outlawed last year. The government passed a bill outlawing the hiring of children under the age of 12.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Melvin Van Peebles’s groundbreaking celebration of a Black outlaw, released in 1971. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "The Spy Movie That Upset the American Dream," 18 Sep. 2020 The characters associated with the newcomers aren't currently known, but The Harder They Fall will follow an outlaw by the name of Nat Love (Majors), who discovers the man (Elba) who killed his parents decades prior will be released from prison. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield, more saddle up for Idris Elba Netflix Western," 11 Sep. 2020 But to be an outlaw in that period, coming face to face with a bounty hunter, or with feds on your heels, or staying out of the way of a gang with a bone to pick — what would that be like? Payal Dhar, Washington Post, "Can gaming satisfy our pandemic thirst for travel and adventure?," 3 Sep. 2020 Americans have long romanticized those who reject the system and take matters into their own hands — the outlaw, the cowboy, the rebel. Ted Anthony, The Denver Post, "Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus," 18 May 2020 Allen hasn’t forgotten the outlaw’s antics and Allen High School students continue to reenact this historic train robbery. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Allen, Texas: How the city earned its title as one of the best suburbs in the country," 24 June 2020 An outlaw’s life may be brutish and short, but movies have a long memory. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "True History of the Kelly Gang," 24 Apr. 2020 China is now an international outlaw facing a severe recession. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Pandemic Is but One of America’s Security Concerns," 23 Apr. 2020 With an amber alert about the missing child making national news and a search operation underway, the action cuts between the outlaw pair and flashbacks to both before and after Troy and Sally's split. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cowboys': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In federal court, Republicans are suing to outlaw things like drop boxes or alternative voting locations for ballot- ballots. CBS News, "Transcript: Ronna McDaniel on "Face the Nation," October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 The Democrat taking on Sen. Joni Ernst has already made the Trump administration’s lawsuit to outlaw Obamacare a centerpiece of her campaign. Author: Rachael Bade, Josh Dawsey, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Republicans hope Supreme Court fight boosts Trump’s reelection bid, helps GOP hold Senate majority," 24 Sep. 2020 Britain will outlaw sales of new internal combustion cars by 2035. Patrick George, WSJ, "Electric Engines Give Classic Cars a Recharge," 16 Sep. 2020 Some former Obama administration officials are advocating a new agency with authority to enforce codes of conduct on the platforms to outlaw self-dealing and anticompetitive behavior. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "House Democrats to Call for Big Tech Breakups," 30 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile in federal court, Republicans are suing to, among other things, outlaw drop boxes or other sites used to collect mail-in ballots. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches," 30 Sep. 2020 The same year, Germany's Bundesrat voted to outlaw new ICE vehicles from 2030, although this was not a binding resolution. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "California bans new internal combustion engines, starting in 2035," 23 Sep. 2020 Republicans had sought to outlaw the use of such drop boxes or satellite election offices, saying they are not explicitly authorized under state law. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Pennsylvania Democrats notch key election-related court wins," 17 Sep. 2020 Democrats accuse Republicans of pursuing voter suppression tactics, including trying to outlaw drop boxes and satellite election offices that Democrat-heavy counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, are planning to use. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Pennsylvania: Mail ballots can't be discarded over signature," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of outlaw

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for outlaw

Noun

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 entry 1, law

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24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outlaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlaw. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for outlaw

outlaw

noun
How to pronounce outlaw (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of outlaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

outlaw

verb

English Language Learners Definition of outlaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) illegal

outlaw

noun
out·​law | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ How to pronounce outlaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of outlaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

outlaw

verb
outlawed; outlawing

Kids Definition of outlaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make illegal Dueling was outlawed.

outlaw

noun
out·​law | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ How to pronounce outlaw (audio) \

Legal Definition of outlaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person excluded from the benefit or protection of the law a trespasser is not an outlaw
2 : a lawless person or a fugitive from the law
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

Legal Definition of outlaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make illegal

Other Words from outlaw

outlawry \ ˈau̇t-​ˌlȯr-​ē How to pronounce outlawry (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for outlaw

Noun

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

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