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 In both of those films, Lee plays a voyeuristic onlooker who follows an outlaw played by Chen Chao-jung and watches him have a fleeting love affair with an equally adrift woman. Max Nelson, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2021 Still, this adaptation of an O. Henry story tilts all its sympathies toward the outlaw hero the Cisco Kid (Warner Baxter, in a Best Actor–winning role) and away from the pompous white soldier charged with tracking him down. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 27 Apr. 2021 His ultimate moment as a go-to guy was the 1984 teen movie Streets of Fire, starring Diane Lane as a rock & roll outlaw. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2021 Musical arrangements walk the border between outlaw-country and truck-rock. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 1 Apr. 2021 The Sherwood Forest outlaw and his men save King Richard and Maid Marian from Prince John and Sir Guy. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Eric Church might look like a tough-guy outlaw who plays by his own rules, but his real gift has been for bending the rules to his will. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2021 After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach and ally. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb California does not outlaw the sale of all semiautomatic weapons — such as the handguns used by a San Jose rail yard employee to kill nine coworkers and himself May 26. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 Arkansas House Bill 1570, enacted over the governor's veto, made that state the first to outlaw such care for minors, endangering the lives of adolescents in the process. Paula Stone Williams, CNN, 2 June 2021 Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund, has suggested that, under certain circumstances, even the U.S. government could outlaw bitcoin, to protect its monopoly on the supply of money. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 The bill would outlaw gender-affirming treatments by stripping medical licenses from doctors who provide it to those under 18, and banning liability insurance coverage for those treatments. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Only one bill that tackles overhauling the electric grid — House Bill 16, which would outlaw wholesale index products like that sold by Griddy Energy — has made it to the governor’s desk so far. Morgan O'hanlon, Dallas News, 20 May 2021 The result would be to outlaw millions of independent contractors (probably about 10 million at current IRS estimates of actual ongoing business owners), presumably clearing out people who might compete with union members. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 The solution isn’t to outlaw tents or encampments, Mr. Bonin said. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 House Bill 283 would outlaw drivers from doing a number of things behind the wheel, including texting, taking photos and using mobile apps. NBC News, 7 May 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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The first known use of outlaw was before the 12th century

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“Outlaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlaw. Accessed 13 Jun. 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

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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