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outlaw

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noun out·law \ ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ \

Definition of outlaw

1 :a person excluded from the benefit or protection of the law
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 :an animal (such 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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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outlaw

verb

Definition of outlaw

transitive verb
1 a :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

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.

Recent Examples of outlaw from the Web

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First Known Use of outlaw

before 12th century

outlaw Synonyms


OUTLAW Defined for English Language Learners

outlaw

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noun

Definition of outlaw for English Language Learners

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


outlaw

verb

Definition of outlaw for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) illegal


OUTLAW Defined for Kids

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outlaw

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noun out·law \ ˈau̇t-ˌlȯ \

Definition of outlaw for Students

: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

verb

Definition of outlaw for Students

outlawed; outlawing
: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 :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

Origin and Etymology of outlaw

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


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outlaw

transitive verb

legal Definition of outlaw

:to make illegal

outlawry

play \ˈau̇t-ˌlȯr-ē\ noun


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