What does outlaw mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactor(adj)

    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

  2. illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawful(adj)

    contrary to or forbidden by law

    "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"

  3. lawless, outlaw(a)(verb)

    disobedient to or defiant of law

    "lawless bands roaming the plains"

  4. outlaw, criminalize, criminalise, illegalize, illegalise(verb)

    declare illegal; outlaw

    "Marijuana is criminalized in the U.S."


  1. Outlaw(n.)

    A person engaging habitually in criminal activity, especially theft or robbery; an habitually lawless person, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.

    Etymology: [AS. tlaga, tlah. See Out, and Law.]

  2. Outlaw(v. t.)

    To render illegal; to ban, prohibit, or proscribe under sanction of some penalty.

    Etymology: [AS. tlagian.]


  1. outlaw(Noun)

    A fugitive from the law.

  2. outlaw(Noun)

    A person who is excluded from normal legal rights.

  3. outlaw(Noun)

    A person who operates outside established norms.

    The main character of the play was a bit of an outlaw who refused to shake hands or say thank you.

  4. outlaw(Noun)

    A wild horse.

  5. outlaw(Verb)

    To declare illegal

  6. outlaw(Verb)

    To place a ban upon

  7. outlaw(Verb)

    To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement.

    to outlaw a debt or claim

  8. outlaw(Verb)

    To deprive of legal force.

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  1. Outlaw

    In historical legal systems, an outlaw is declared as outside the protection of the law. In pre-modern societies, this takes the burden of active prosecution of a criminal from the authorities. Instead, the criminal is withdrawn all legal protection, so that anyone is legally empowered to persecute or kill them. Outlawry was thus one of the harshest penalties in the legal system. In early Germanic law, the death penalty is conspicuously absent, and outlawing is the most extreme punishment, presumably amounting to a death sentence in practice. The concept is known from Roman law, as the status of homo sacer, and persisted throughout the Middle Ages. Outlawry was a principally pre-Magna Carta phenomenon. It was by virtue of Magna Carta that the legal precepts due process and habeas corpus were concurrently established in 1214 thus commencing with their eventual enshrinement in judicial procedures which required that persons suspected of crimes are required to be judged in a court of law before punishment can be legally rendered. However antiquated, forms of outlawry continue to exist. In the common law of England, a "Writ of Outlawry" made the pronouncement Caput gerat lupinum with respect to its subject, using "head" to refer to the entire person and equating that person with a wolf in the eyes of the law: Not only was the subject deprived of all legal rights of the law being outside of the "law", but others could kill him on sight as if he were a wolf or other wild animal. Women were declared "waived" rather than outlawed but it was effectively the same punishment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outlaw

    owt′law, n. one deprived of the protection of the law: a robber or bandit.—v.t. to place beyond the law: to deprive of the benefit of the law: to proscribe.—n. Out′lawry, the act of putting a man out of the protection of the law: state of being an outlaw. [A.S. útlaga; cf. Ice. útlágiút, out, lög, law.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outlaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outlaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of outlaw in a Sentence

  1. Town Marshal David Smith:

    The issues we deal with are usually from someone who may be wanting to make a name for themselves and tries to harass or in some way antagonize an outlaw motorcycle gang member.

  2. Jack Kirby:

    If my publisher hadn't said' let's do superhero stories,' I'd probably still be doing' A Kid Called Outlaw,'' The Two-Gun Kid' or' Millie the Model' or whatever I was doing at the time.

  3. Jaime Joyce:

    Moonshine has huge crossover appeal, its renegade reputation makes it alluring to consumers who want a little taste of tradition. It makes them feel a little outlaw, too, without breaking any laws.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    My fellow Americans I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes. (Comment while testing a microphone before a broadcast 11 Aug 84)

  5. Jesse James:

    Jesse James is a very famous outlaw so this is obviously a valuable image.

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  • حظرArabic
  • ächten, Gesetzloser, Verfemter, OutlawGerman
  • παράνομος, φυγάς, αγριάλογοGreek
  • eksterleĝulino, eksterleĝuloEsperanto
  • desperado, forajido, fugitivoSpanish
  • kieltää, villihevonen, lainsuojatonFinnish
  • hors-la-loiFrench
  • útlægja, útlagiIcelandic
  • fuorileggeItalian
  • 無法者Japanese
  • vogelvrijeDutch
  • fora-de-leiPortuguese
  • persoană fără de lege, fugarRomanian
  • изгна́нница, разбо́йник, отве́рженный, разбо́йница, престу́пница, отверженный, изго́й, [[дикий, престу́пник, изгна́нник, [[объявля́ть]] [[вне]] [[законRussian
  • izopćenik, razbojnik, odmetnikSerbo-Croatian
  • fredlös, kriminalisera, bannlysaSwedish
  • 取締Chinese

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