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  • n. a lack of law and order; anarchy
  • n. defiance of the law; outlawry

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being lawless, or of being unrestrained, unauthorized, or uncontrolled by law; want of legality or legitimacy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of the law
  • n. a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)

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