- 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.
Origin of lawless
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for lawlessness
And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
His slaying sums up the lawlessness now gripping the region and the impunity with which separatists can act.'In Cold Blood' in Ukraine
May 3, 2014
MK Cohen: the Minister of Defense is responsible for putting a stop to lawlessness.Violent Hebron Outpost Expands At 'Phenomenal' Rate
November 13, 2013
The kidnapping was a disturbing sign of the lawlessness in Libya that Zidan and his government have been unable to curb.Libyan P.M. Kidnapped in Retaliation for U.S. Raid
October 10, 2013
It would have been an ordeal for them to buy illegal weapons simply because, like Lanza, they were not immersed in lawlessness.The NRA Is Wrong: The Myth of Illegal Guns
May 26, 2013
Yes, he said; the lawlessness of which you speak too easily steals in.The Republic
But, Pericles, violence and lawlessness—how do we define them?The Memorabilia
Consequently there was a striking opportunity for lawlessness.
There was, nevertheless, plenty of lawlessness of the new kind.
That's how your money-making is justified here in the face of lawlessness and disorder.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
- without law
- disobedient to the law
- contrary to or heedless of the law
- uncontrolled; unbridledlawless rage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for lawlessness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper