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Definitions for fugitive
ˈfyu dʒɪ tɪvfugi·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fugitive, runaway, fleernoun

    someone who flees from an uncongenial situation

    "fugitives from the sweatshops"

  2. fugitive, fugitive from justiceadjective

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

  3. fleeting, fugitive, momentaneous, momentaryadjective

    lasting for a markedly brief time

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


  1. fugitivenoun

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

    John was a fugitive

    Etymology: From fugitif.

  2. fugitiveadjective

    fleeing or running away

    Etymology: From fugitif.

  3. fugitiveadjective

    transient, fleeting or ephemeral

    Etymology: From fugitif.

  4. fugitiveadjective

    elusive or difficult to retain

    Etymology: From fugitif.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fugitiveadjective

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

  2. Fugitiveadjective

    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. Fugitivenoun

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

  4. Fugitivenoun

    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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fugitive

    One who flees from his station or duty; a deserter; one who flees from danger. One who has fled or deserted and taken refuge under another power, or one who has fled from punishment.


  1. Fugitive

    soon disappearing; not permanent.

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  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

Examples of fugitive in a Sentence

  1. Luis Martinez:

    As a foreign law enforcement fugitive, Yang is an ICE enforcement priority.

  2. Abu Serdanah:

    I have never been into a police station and have never made troubles. Now Im like a fugitive crook.

  3. Sheriff Rick Staly:

    Valdez thought it would be a good idea to make taunting comments on Facebook after he was featured on last Friday’s episode of Fugitive Friday Bingo, this, obviously, was not the first bad idea he has had in his life.

  4. Defendant Carlos Ghosn:

    People don't like [ a ] fugitive when the fugitive is escaping justice. It's a different opinion when a fugitive is escaping injustice, i don't think that people look at people who run from North Korea, or from Vietnam, or from Russia under the Communist regime as people who are running from justice.

  5. Joey Jackson:

    You can argue it's morally reprehensible. But when you look at it from Sean Penn's perspective, he simply had a talk with a fugitive, you need some type of aiding or abetting or assisting or material support ... of a fugitive.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. naiant
    • B. jejune
    • C. usurious
    • D. bibulous

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