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lawless

[ law-lis ]
/ ˈlɔ lɪs /
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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.

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Origin of lawless

First recorded in 1150–1200, lawless is from the Middle English word laweles.See law1, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM lawless

law·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 forms of lawless

lawlessly, adverblawlessness, noun
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