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.
a person under sentence of outlawry.
a person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group; rebel; nonconformist:
one of the outlaws of country music.
Chiefly Western U.S.
verb (used with object)
to make unlawful or illegal:
The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the U.S.
to deprive of thebenefits and protection of the law:
Members of guerrilla bands who refused to surrender were outlawed.
to outlaw smoking in a theater.
to remove from legal jurisdiction; deprive of legal force.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an 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
Old English utlaga “one put outside the law” (and thereby deprived of its benefits and protections), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse utlagi (n.) “outlaw,” from utlagr (adj.) “outlawed, banished,” from ut “out” (see out (adv.)) + *lagu, plural of lag “law” (see law).
[G]if he man to deaðe gefylle, beo he þonne utlah [“Laws of Edward & Guthrum,” c.924]
Meaning “one living a lawless life” is first recorded 1880. As an adjective from Old English.
Old English utlagian “to outlaw, banish,” from utlaga “an outlaw” (see outlaw (n.)). Related: Outlawed; outlawing.
[out-law] /ˈaʊtˌlɔ/ noun 1. a lawless person or habitual criminal, especially one who is a fugitive from the law. 2. a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law. 3. a person under sentence of outlawry. 4. a person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices […]
[out-law-ree] /ˈaʊtˌlɔ ri/ noun, plural outlawries. 1. the act or process of . 2. the state of being . 3. disregard or defiance of the law: a man whose outlawry had made him a folk hero. /ˈaʊtˌlɔːrɪ/ noun (pl) -ries 1. the act of outlawing or the state of being outlawed 2. disregard for the […]
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[noun out-ley; verb out-ley] /noun ˈaʊtˌleɪ; verb ˌaʊtˈleɪ/ noun 1. an expending or spending, as of money. 2. an amount expended; expenditure. verb (used with object), outlaid, outlaying. 3. to expend, as money. noun (ˈaʊtˌleɪ) 1. an expenditure of money, effort, etc verb (ˌaʊtˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid 2. (transitive) to spend (money) n. “act or […]