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[law-lis]
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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

First recorded in 1150–1200, lawless is from the Middle English word laweles. See law1, -less
Related formslaw·less·ly, adverblaw·less·ness, 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.

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    James Anthony Froude


British Dictionary definitions for lawless

lawless

adjective
  1. without law
  2. disobedient to the law
  3. contrary to or heedless of the law
  4. uncontrolled; unbridledlawless rage
Derived Formslawlessly, adverblawlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lawless

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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