Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without rules; unregulated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of rule; lawless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being without rule; lawless.

Etymologies

rule +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There had to be a balancing point somewhere, between going through the motions of working within the system and flying off into the ruleless void.

    Balancing in High Heels

  • But the unruly [das Regellose] still lies in the ground as if it could break through once again, and nowhere does it appear as though order and form were original, but rather as if something initially ruleless had been brought to order.

    Mourning Becomes Theory: Schelling and the Absent Body of Philosophy

  • He came as the representative of law and rule; and there had been many helping themselves by a ruleless life, of late.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • As to the Book, I do say seriously that it is a wild, savage, ruleless, very bad Book; which even you will not be able to like; much less any other man.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • King Louis like other men, lives in this world to make rule out of the ruleless; by his living energy, he shall force the absurd itself to become less absurd.

    The French Revolution

  • This is a mechanism that Italy experimented between the two World Wars, in a situation of "international anarchy" and that is reappearing today, obviously in a different form, because the world unrest, caused by ruleless globalisation, generates in people the same feelings of insecurity; thus, the search of a scapegoat (the odd man) and the delegation to the absolute leader.

    cafebabel.com

  • Woe to anyone who dares to raise a voice in protest or who invokes the rights of conscience to protect himself from those who, in the name of conscience, are demanding allegiance to doctrinaire theories of a structure-less Church, or a cult-less priesthood, or a ruleless religious life, or that every marriage is open to ecclesiastical annulment.

    Some Have Hats

  • Lolly on Jul 21, 2008 visually delightful, but … sheers away from all other batmen by taking itself seriously as a forum of debate on the ancient division between the existential view that the universe and human behavior both lack any moral substrate or are ultimately ruleless altogether, and the obvious counterargument that moral behavior is not only possible, but inevitable, and has absolute consequences … pretty heavy stuff for an action adventure movie … in this way, i think knight overreaches badly … i do not expect to extract any serious philosophical lessons from any nameable lecture or entertainment in the space of 2 and 1/2 hours … nolan has undertaken an impossible task for such a limited medium … in the end expedience comes up for the b man as the easy winner afer all this striving, and i regard that as the point of exhaustion for his thesis. patzer on Jul 22, 2008

    Sound Off: The Dark Knight - What Did You Think?! « FirstShowing.net

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