1A person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest or persecution: fugitives from justice [as modifier]: fugitive criminals
1.1 [as modifier] Quick to disappear; fleeting: he entertained a fugitive idea that Barbara needed him
More example sentences
- In a second, and more fugitive image, the action opens with modern citizens struggling to be heard in the public arena.
- It is another fugitive inscription on the page of earth that it is necessary to seize, that you want to understand.
- We take a lot of measures to stop fugitive dust blow.
late Middle English: from Old French fugitif, -ive, from Latin fugitivus, from fugere 'flee'.