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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fugitive from the law.
  • n. A habitual criminal.
  • n. A rebel; a nonconformist: a social outlaw.
  • n. A person excluded from normal legal protection and rights.
  • n. A wild or vicious horse or other animal.
  • transitive v. To declare illegal: outlawed the sale of firearms.
  • transitive v. To place under a ban; prohibit: outlawed smoking in the house.
  • transitive v. To deprive (one declared to be a criminal fugitive) of the protection of the law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fugitive from the law.
  • n. A person who is excluded from normal legal rights.
  • n. A person who operates outside established norms.
  • n. A wild horse.
  • n. An in-law: a relative by marriage.
  • v. To declare illegal
  • v. To place a ban upon
  • v. To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement.
  • v. To deprive of legal force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person excluded from the benefit of the law, or deprived of its protection.
  • n. A person engaging habitually in criminal activity, especially theft or robbery; an habitually lawless person, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.
  • transitive v. To deprive of the benefit and protection of law; to declare to be an outlaw.
  • transitive v. To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement; ; to deprive of legal force.
  • transitive v. To render illegal; to ban, prohibit, or proscribe under sanction of some penalty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of the benefit and protection of law; declare an outlaw; proscribe.
  • To remove from legal jurisdiction; deprive of legal force. An obligation which by reason of the lapse of time has become barred by the statute of limitations, so that no action will lie on it, is said to be outlawed.
  • n. One who is excluded from the benefit of the law, or deprived of its protection. Formerly it was lawful in Great Britain for any one to kill such a person. See outlawry.
  • n. A disorderly person living in defiant violation of the law; a habitual criminal.
  • n. Synonyms Robber, bandit, brigand, freebooter, highwayman, marauder.
  • n. A vicious, untamed animal: sometimes used attributively.

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

  • adj. disobedient to or defiant of law
  • adj. contrary to or forbidden by law
  • v. declare illegal; outlaw
  • n. someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

Etymologies

Middle English outlaue, from Old English ūtlaga, from Old Norse ūtlagi, from ūtlagr, outlawed, banished : ūt, out; + lög, law.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English outlaue ("banished"), Old English ūtlaga ("outlaw"). (Wiktionary)

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