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lawless

[law-lis] /ˈlɔ lɪs/
adjective
1.
contrary to or without regard for the law:
lawless violence.
2.
being without law; uncontrolled by a law; unbridled; unruly; unrestrained:
lawless passion.
3.
illegal:
bootleggers' lawless activity.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English laweles. See law1, -less
Related forms
lawlessly, adverb
lawlessness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lawlessness

lawless

/ˈlɔːlɪs/
adjective
1.
without law
2.
disobedient to the law
3.
contrary to or heedless of the law
4.
uncontrolled; unbridled: lawless rage
Derived Forms
lawlessly, adverb
lawlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lawlessness

lawless

adj.

c.1200, lawelese (see law + -less) Related: Lawlessly; lawlessness.

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