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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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  • Yes, he said; the lawlessness of which you speak too easily steals in.

    The Republic Plato
  • But, Pericles, violence and lawlessness—how do we define them?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Consequently there was a striking opportunity for lawlessness.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • There was, nevertheless, plenty of lawlessness of the new kind.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • That's how your money-making is justified here in the face of lawlessness and disorder.

British Dictionary definitions for lawlessness

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 lawlessness

lawless

adj.

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

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