Definition of lawless in English:

lawless

Syllabification: law·less
Pronunciation: /ˈlôləs
 
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adjective

Not governed by or obedient to laws; characterized by a lack of civic order: it was a lawless, anarchic city
More example sentences
  • Other sources mention Vlad's determination to bring order in lawless times.
  • Whereas in the Taliban regime it seemed pretty lawless, from the descriptions.
  • What tests or considerations are to guide the jury in determining when he may reasonably become lawless?
Synonyms
ungovernable, unruly, disruptive, anarchic, disorderly, rebellious, insubordinate, riotous, mutinous; uncivilized, wild

Derivatives

lawlessly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Suddenly allowing religions to act lawlessly does not seem like such a good idea.
  • In a way, it is a sort of Western, the story of Americans advancing into an empty desert, living lawlessly, excessively, violently, and being punished for their transgressions.
  • Congress should expand its investigation of the Justice Department, monitoring how it is defining torture in various cases, and checking to make sure that it is not doing so lawlessly.

lawlessness

noun
More example sentences
  • So you weren't at all surprised when the outbreak of lawlessness and violence that overtook the city broke out?
  • Actions are being taken to stem such lawlessness and the police are undoubtedly willing to provide protection.
  • They become trapped in a vicious circle in which poverty begets lawlessness and lawlessness begets more poverty.
Synonyms
anarchy, disorder, chaos, unruliness, criminality, crime

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