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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 of lawless
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English laweles. See law1, -less
Related forms
lawlessly, adverb
lawlessness, noun
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  • But the lawlessness of Ireland is a Christian lawlessness, founded on reason and justice.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • Yes, he said; the lawlessness of which you speak too easily steals in.

    The Republic Plato
  • She had the address—she was keen and quick, even though she was helpless to cope with the lawlessness of her mountain environment.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • But, Pericles, violence and lawlessness—how do we define them?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • For while the laugh endured, Lidgerwood had not found it possible to breach many of the strongholds of lawlessness.

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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