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.
to make unlawful or illegal: The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the U.S.
to deprive of the benefits 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.
- self-outlaw, noun
- self-outlawed, adjective
- un·out·lawed, adjective
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How to use outlaw in a sentence
Both already are outlawed in Illinois, but records obtained this week by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune revealed how one suburban special education program still used mechanical restraints in a program for students with disabilities.National Ban on School Use of Seclusion and Restraint of Students Introduced in Congress | by Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica and Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Northam also signed legislation requiring officers who witness a colleague using excessive force to intervene, and bills outlawing sexual relations between law enforcement and people in their custody — something already prohibited in many states.Ban on chokeholds, no-knock warrants among bills Northam signed into law | Laura Vozzella | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
Currently, California is one of only a few states to outlaw equal opportunity policies.Reversing Racism Will Take Every Tool Available — Including Prop. 16 | Mark Stuart | October 28, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
This builds on earlier legislation outlawing international press from covering developments in the country without local media partnerships.Tanzania has blocked social media, bulk SMS as its election polls open | Tawanda Karombo | October 28, 2020 | Quartz
A new Brennan Center report details exactly how voter intimidation and discrimination are outlawed.
The Egyptian government claims the group has links with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt | Jamie Dettmer | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While countries like South Africa still allow regulated trophy hunting of rhinos, Botwswana outlawed the practice this year.
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 | Marlow Stern | July 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Manager Sarah Jones told The Daily Beast that the drink was “very popular” before the law outlawed its key ingredient.
Even in Germany, where Nazi memorabilia and romanticism are outlawed, a neo-fascist claimed a seat.
The rest of the patentees stood outlawed, and no judgment entered against them.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
Should Lamberg attempt to resume his military command Kossuth demanded that he should be outlawed as a traitor.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year | Edwin Emerson
Mills was afterwards taken into custody on the information of Pring, an outlawed smuggler, and being tried, was convicted.The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
But they demanded that the emancipated slaves should leave the state within a year or be outlawed!The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
General Lallemand galloped in hot haste to see whether an asylum for the outlawed party could be secured under her flag.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for outlaw
(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
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