Definition of outlaw in English:
1A person who has broken the law, especially one who remains at large or is a fugitive.
- Despite what romantic notions your kind has invented we are criminals, bandits and outlaws.
- Whilst he is certainly an outlaw and bandit of historic proportions there is little or no connection with the notion of hereditary criminal tribes.
- If you would accept our escort, we would guard you from bands of villainous outlaws.
1.2 historical A person deprived of the benefit and protection of the law.
- The Court was clearly concerned that the fact that the plaintiff was a burglar should not mean that he effectively became an outlaw, beyond the protection of the civil law.
- I do not think that it could be said that a person in breach of some statutory duty or other prohibition thereupon becomes an outlaw, unable to enforce any of his rights against anyone.
- They are too often treated as outlaws with no protections under the law.
verb[with object] Back to top
1Ban; make illegal: Maryland outlawed cheap small-caliber pistols (as adjective outlawed) the outlawed guerrilla group
More example sentences
- The legislation is not there to tackle discriminatory treatment but to outlaw sex discrimination.
- Not until then did most states outlaw common law marriage.
- In effect, these measures outlaw political campaigns against arbitrary or illegal detentions.
late Old English ūtlaga (noun), ūtlagian (verb), from Old Norse útlagi, noun from útlagr 'outlawed or banished'.
- Example sentences
- He admired outlaws when their outlawry was conducted with daring and intelligence.
- After the war they spearheaded a broad, politically active peace movement that, however, promoted contending programs, including arms limitation, outlawry of war, and international organization.
- Then, the movement depended upon moral outlawry to move its agenda forward.