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.
- law·less·ly, adverb
- law·less·ness, noun
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How to use lawless in a sentence
We are leaving Afghanistan because 20 years of war and occupation have demonstrated we can never completely eradicate such threats in countries that remain lawless and largely ungoverned.America Took the Bait After an Attack 20 Years Ago. Not This Time. | David Rothkopf | August 26, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Even if this injunction is lawless, and even if it is ultimately vacated by a higher court, that process could take months or even years.
No verification system, no algorithm that boosts their posts, it’s a completely lawless wasteland for them.Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature | Amanda Silberling | July 22, 2021 | TechCrunch
Teigen was propelled to online stardom in the early 2010s, when social media was even more of a lawless land and her devil-may-care brand of tweeting fit right in.Chrissy Teigen and the perils of being an extremely online celebrity | Sonia Rao | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
The Far Cry series continues to ask players to face off against "shades of gray" villains in wide-open, semi-lawless territories.Far Cry 6 gameplay reveal: Ride a horse, pet a dog, set lots of things on fire | Sam Machkovech | May 28, 2021 | Ars Technica
The lawless law enforcement in eastern Ukraine exists somewhere between Soviet rule and vigilante justice.
“It devolved from a very poor neighborhood to a very lawless one,” says Randall, who is refreshingly unsentimental.
If the law passes in Denmark, only Finland, Hungary and Sweden will remain lawless when it comes to Lassie.
The horrific case of an abandoned baby with Down syndrome has exposed the lawless world of international surrogacy.
“The methamphetamine trade has made Wyoming revert to the lawless anarchy of the Old West,” he remarked pungently.
Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom!"The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
But before the Revolution our ancestors had known a standing army only as an instrument of lawless power.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
He urged upon the Assembly the adoption of immediate and energetic measures to arrest these execrable deeds of lawless violence.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Still, the influence of Roland and his wife was feared by those who were directing the terrible enginery of lawless violence.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Even the lawless classes of society generally shrink from blood.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for lawless
disobedient to the law
contrary to or heedless of the law
uncontrolled; unbridled: lawless rage
- lawlessly, adverb
- lawlessness, noun
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