lawless

[ law-lis ]
/ ˈlɔ lɪs /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. lawfully,
  2. lawgiver,
  3. lawin,
  4. lawing,
  5. lawks,
  6. lawlessly,
  7. lawmaker,
  8. lawman,
  9. lawn,
  10. lawn bowling

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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British Dictionary definitions for lawless

lawless

/ (ˈlɔːlɪs) /

adjective

without law
disobedient to the law
contrary to or heedless of the law
uncontrolled; unbridledlawless rage
Derived Formslawlessly, adverblawlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for lawless

lawless

adj.

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

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