- The definition of an outlaw is a person who has broken the law and is on the run or wanted.
Al Capone was an example of an outlaw.
- Outlaw is to ban something or make something illegal.
An example of outlaw is when the government made it illegal to use marijuana.
outlaw definition by Webster's New World
- Historical a person declared by a court of law to be deprived of legal rights and protection, generally for the commission of some crime: the killing of such a person was not a legal offense
- a habitual or notorious criminal who is a fugitive from the law
- a fierce or uncontrollable horse or other animal
Origin: Middle English outlawe ; from Old English utlaga ; from Old Norse útlagr, literally , outlawed: see out and amp; law
- Historical to declare to be an outlaw
- in the U.S., to remove the legal force of (contracts, etc.)
- to declare unlawful or illegal
- to bar, or ban
outlaw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A fugitive from the law.b. A habitual criminal.c. A rebel; a nonconformist: a social outlaw.
- A person excluded from normal legal protection and rights.
- A wild or vicious horse or other animal.
- To declare illegal: outlawed the sale of firearms.
- To place under a ban; prohibit: outlawed smoking in the house.
- To deprive (one declared to be a criminal fugitive) of the protection of the law.
Origin: Middle English outlaue, from Old English ūtlaga, from Old Norse ūtlagi, from ūtlagr, outlawed, banished : ūt, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + lög, law; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
- outˈlawˌ adjective