- a lawless person or habitual criminal, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.
- a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law.
- a person under sentence of outlawry.
- a person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group; rebel; nonconformist: one of the outlaws of country music.
- Chiefly Western U.S.
- a horse that cannot be broken; a mean, intractable horse.
- any rogue animal.
- to make unlawful or illegal: The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the U.S.
- to deprive of thebenefits and protection of the law: Members of guerrilla bands who refused to surrender were outlawed.
- to prohibit: to outlaw smoking in a theater.
- to remove from legal jurisdiction; deprive of legal force.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of an outlaw.
Origin of outlaw
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Examples from the Web for outlawed
The Egyptian government claims the group has links with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt
December 1, 2014
While countries like South Africa still allow regulated trophy hunting of rhinos, Botwswana outlawed the practice this year.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan: “Yezzan was an extremely wealthy slave trader before Daenerys Targaryen outlawed the slave trade.”‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Cast Revealed: An Oscar Nominee, A Celebrated UK Thespian, and More
July 25, 2014
The practice was outlawed in 2008 just before Beijing hosted the Olympics.Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade
January 26, 2014
Utah outlawed the practice, prevalent among Mormons, so Congress would accept it as a state in 1896.Was Rick Santorum Right About Polygamy After All?
December 16, 2013
But it is fourteen years—time enough for anything to be outlawed.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
Since his day it has served, as it served before, for the haunt of outlawed men.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
On his resisting the warrant which was then made out for his arrest, he was outlawed.
I was outlawed on account of you—an' it ain't no more'n right you should share it with me.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
Brooke's terms were unconditionally accepted, and Makota outlawed.On the Equator
Harry de Windt
- (formerly) a person excluded from the law and deprived of its protection
- any fugitive from the law, esp a habitual transgressor
- a wild or untamed beast
- to put (a person) outside the law and deprive of its protection
- (in the US) to deprive (a contract) of legal force
- to ban
Word Origin and History for outlawed
Old English utlagian "to outlaw, banish," from utlaga "an outlaw" (see outlaw (n.)). Related: Outlawed; outlawing.
Old English utlaga "one put outside the law" (and thereby deprived of its benefits and protections), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse utlagi (n.) "outlaw," from utlagr (adj.) "outlawed, banished," from ut "out" (see out (adv.)) + *lagu, plural of lag "law" (see law).
[G]if he man to deaðe gefylle, beo he þonne utlah ["Laws of Edward & Guthrum," c.924]
Meaning "one living a lawless life" is first recorded 1880. As an adjective from Old English.