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lawless

[law-lis] /ˈlɔ lɪs/
adjective
1.
contrary to or without regard for the law:
lawless violence.
2.
being without law; uncontrolled by a law; unbridled; unruly; unrestrained:
lawless passion.
3.
illegal:
bootleggers' lawless activity.
Origin of lawless
1150-1200
First recorded in 1150-1200, lawless is from the Middle English word laweles. See law1, -less
Related forms
lawlessly, adverb
lawlessness, noun
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Examples from the Web for lawless
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  • Now don't fancy that lawless and I are going to run away with you.

  • Which of us are you afraid of, lawless, or me, or yourself?'

  • The fierce and lawless shall assume the figure of the unrelenting wolf.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He spoke frankly and with considerable regret of these lawless years.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He had high animal spirits, and engaged in lawless enterprises.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for lawless

lawless

/ˈlɔːlɪs/
adjective
1.
without law
2.
disobedient to the law
3.
contrary to or heedless of the law
4.
uncontrolled; unbridled: lawless rage
Derived Forms
lawlessly, adverb
lawlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lawless
adj.

c.1200, lawelese (see law + -less) Related: Lawlessly; lawlessness.

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