from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Running away or fleeing, as from the law.
- adj. Lasting only a short time; fleeting: "[His] house and burial place ... should be visited by all who profess even a fugitive interest in political economy” ( John Kenneth Galbraith).
- adj. Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.
- adj. Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty.
- adj. Of temporary interest: fugitive essays.
- adj. Tending to wander; vagabond.
- n. One who flees; a refugee.
- n. Something fleeting or ephemeral.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is fleeing or escaping from something
- adj. fleeing or running away
- adj. transient, fleeting or ephemeral
- adj. elusive or difficult to retain
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.
- adj. Not fixed; not durable; liable to disappear or fall away; volatile; uncertain; evanescent; liable to fade; -- applied to material and immaterial things
- n. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter.
- n. Something hard to be caught or detained.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fleeing or having fled from danger or pursuit, from duty or service, etc.; escaping; runaway: as, a fugitive criminal or horse.
- Wandering; vagabond.
- Staying or lasting but a short time; fleeting; not fixed or durable; readily escaping; fugacious: as, a fugitive idea; fugitive odors; fugitive colors.
- In lit. of fleeting interest or importance; temporary; occasional: said of compositions, generally short, written for some passing occasion or purpose.
- In zoology and botany, same as fugacious.
- n. One who flees; a runaway; a deserter; specifically, one who has fled from duty, danger, or restraint to a place of safety or of concealment: as, a fugitive from the battlefield; a fugitive from justice.
- n. Anything hard to be caught or detained.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lasting for a markedly brief time
- n. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
- n. someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
Middle English fugitif, from Old French, from Latin fugitīvus, from fugitus, past participle of fugere, to flee.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French fugitif. (Wiktionary)