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 outlaw (audio) \ noun

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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 Ready to hop on your horse and become an outlaw riding through the desert? Stephen Daw, Billboard, 20 Aug. 2021 The anthology returns for Season 3, this time starring Daniel Radcliffe as a small-town preacher who teams with an outlaw (Steve Buscemi) to lead a wagon train that’s headed to Oregon in 1844. oregonlive, 11 July 2021 As the voice of insurgents seeking to overthrow the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan, Zabiullah Mujahid was an outlaw and a target. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2021 As the voice of insurgents seeking to overthrow the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan, Zabiullah Mujahid was an outlaw and a target. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 There was this outlaw who died in a shootout with police, and no one came to collect the body, so the guy at the funeral home decided to embalm him and charge admission to see him. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 6 Aug. 2021 And both of their rises have been inextricably linked with controversy, their reputations as loose cannons only boosting their outlaw bonafides. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 4 Aug. 2021 As well as Garrett's gun, Bonhams is also auctioning the gun that Billy the Kid used in his escape, among a number of other items related to the outlaw. Sara Spary, CNN, 23 July 2021 Tonight’s opener focuses on infamous Old West outlaw Billy the Kid. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, the Kremlin has sought to outlaw the entire movement. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2021 The states under investigation have adopted a range of policies that outlaw or curb mask mandates. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Cities can still impose certain design standards, and the bill does not outlaw single-family homes or mandate any new development. Ari Plachta, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 She’d been incarcerated just three days earlier after being pulled over for a traffic violation, and the bill sought to outlaw arrests for such stops. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021 Bills in the State House and Senate would outlaw unsolicited applications for absentee ballots and require either a driver's license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number on an absentee ballot. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 22 July 2021 In the spring, Arkansas became the first state to actually outlaw gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 20 July 2021 Arkansas would have become the first state in the nation to outlaw these practices if Hutchinson signed it. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2021 Arkansas would have been the first state to outlaw gender-affirming care for minors if Huchinson would have signed the bill into law. Rachel Sandler, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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“Outlaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlaw. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for outlaw

outlaw

noun

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

outlaw

transitive verb

Legal Definition of outlaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make illegal

Other Words from outlaw

outlawry \ ˈau̇t-​ˌlȯr-​ē How to pronounce outlaw (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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