- contrary to or without regard for the law: lawless violence.
- being without law; uncontrolled by a law; unbridled; unruly; unrestrained: lawless passion.
- illegal: bootleggers' lawless activity.
Origin of lawless
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Examples from the Web for lawless
The lawless law enforcement in eastern Ukraine exists somewhere between Soviet rule and vigilante justice.The Corrupt Cops of Rebel-Held East Ukraine
December 11, 2014
The horrific case of an abandoned baby with Down syndrome has exposed the lawless world of international surrogacy.The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
August 7, 2014
“The methamphetamine trade has made Wyoming revert to the lawless anarchy of the Old West,” he remarked pungently.The Myths of Matthew Shepard’s Infamous Death
September 22, 2013
If you are willing to shoot your mother in the face you are lawless.Pro-Gun Advocates Push Back Against Gun Control After Newtown
December 20, 2012
It even had a name, Waziristan House, after one of the most lawless districts along the Afghan-Pakistan border.Dr. Afridi’s Warning: Pakistan’s Hatred of the United States
September 12, 2012
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
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
- without law
- disobedient to the law
- contrary to or heedless of the law
- uncontrolled; unbridledlawless rage
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Word Origin and History for lawless
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