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

  • n. The western United States during the period of its settlement, especially with reference to its lawlessness.

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  • proper n. The western United States during the 19th-century era of settlement, commonly believed to be lawless and unruly.
  • proper n. A place or situation in which disorderly behavior prevails, especially due to a lack of regulatory oversight or an inadequate legal system.

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

  • n. the western United States during its frontier period


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