- The definition of a fugitive is a person who is on the run or who has escaped from something such as the law or danger and is in hiding.
An example of a fugitive is a fugitive from justice, who is hiding from arrest or persecution.
- fleeing, apt to flee, or having fled, as from danger, justice, etc.
- passing quickly away; fleeting; evanescent
- having to do with matters of temporary interest: fugitive essays
- roaming; shifting
Origin: Middle English fugitif ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fugitivus ; from past participle of fugere, to flee ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheug-, to flee from source Classical Greek phygē, flight
- a person who flees or has fled from danger, justice, etc.
- a fleeting or elusive thing
- fugitively adverb
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- Running away or fleeing, as from the law.
- a. 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).b. Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.c. Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty.d. Of temporary interest: fugitive essays.
- Tending to wander; vagabond.
- One who flees; a refugee.
- Something fleeting or ephemeral.
Origin: Middle English fugitif, from Old French, from Latin fugitīvus, from fugitus, past participle of fugere, to flee.
- fuˈgi·tive·ly adverb
- fuˈgi·tive·ness noun