What does fugitive mean?

Definitions for fugitive
ˈfyu dʒɪ tɪvfugi·tive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fugitive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fugitive, runaway, fleer(noun)

    someone who flees from an uncongenial situation

    "fugitives from the sweatshops"

  2. fugitive, fugitive from justice(adj)

    someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice

  3. fleeting, fugitive, momentaneous, momentary(adj)

    lasting for a markedly brief time

    "a fleeting glance"; "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse"


  1. fugitive(Noun)

    (often followed by "from") a person who is fleeing or escaping from something

    John was a fugitive

  2. fugitive(Adjective)

    fleeing or running away

  3. fugitive(Adjective)

    transient, fleeting or ephemeral

  4. fugitive(Adjective)

    elusive or difficult to retain

  5. Origin: From fugitif.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fugitive(adj)

    fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor

  2. Fugitive(adj)

    not fixed; not durable; liable to disappear or fall away; volatile; uncertain; evanescent; liable to fade; -- applied to material and immaterial things; as, fugitive colors; a fugitive idea

  3. Fugitive(noun)

    one who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice

  4. Fugitive(noun)

    something hard to be caught or detained


  1. Fugitive

    A fugitive is a person who is fleeing from custody, whether it be from jail, a government arrest, government or non-government questioning, vigilante violence, or outraged private individuals. A fugitive from justice, also known as a wanted person can either be a person convicted or accused of a crime, who is hiding from law enforcement in the state or taking refuge in a different country in order to avoid arrest in another country. Interpol is the international authority for the pursuit of trans-border fugitives. Europol is the European authority for the pursuit of fugitives who are on the run within Europe, and coordinates their search, while national authorities in the probable country of their stay coordinate their arrest. In the United States, the U.S. Marshals Service is the primary law enforcement agency that tracks down federal fugitives, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation also tracks fugitives. As a verbal metaphor and psychological concept, one might also be described as a "fugitive from oneself". Finally, the literary sense of "fugitive" includes the meaning of simply "fleeing". In many jurisdictions, a fugitive loses the right to appeal any convictions or sentences imposed on him, since the act of fleeing is deemed to flout the court's authority. Recently, convicted rapist Andrew Luster had his appeals denied on the basis that he spent six years as a fugitive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fugitive

    fūj′i-tiv, adj. apt to flee away: uncertain: volatile: perishable: temporary: occasional, written for some passing occasion.—n. one who flees or has fled from his station or country: one hard to be caught.—ns. Fū′gie (Scot.), a cock that will not fight, a runaway; Fū′gie-warr′ant, a warrant to apprehend a debtor about to abscond, prob. from the phrase in meditatione fugæ; Fugitā′tion (Scots law), absconding from justice: outlawry.—adv. Fug′itively.—n. Fug′itiveness. [Fr.,—L. fugitivus, fugĕre, to flee.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fugitive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fugitive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William H. Mauldin:

    I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.

  2. Bill Mauldin:

    I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.

  3. Gerry Baker:

    I thought I was going to be a fugitive from media justice.

  4. Aisha Elliott:

    I have to disagree, being a fugitive doesn't always end in capture.

  5. Antonio Mazzitelli:

    He was a fugitive, living in the jungle, but it's an important step.

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