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[out-law] /ˈaʊtˌlɔ/
a lawless person or habitual criminal, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.
a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law.
a person under sentence of outlawry.
a person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group; rebel; nonconformist:
one of the outlaws of country music.
Chiefly Western U.S.
  1. a horse that cannot be broken; a mean, intractable horse.
  2. any rogue animal.
verb (used with object)
to make unlawful or illegal:
The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the U.S.
to deprive of thebenefits and protection of the law:
Members of guerrilla bands who refused to surrender were outlawed.
to prohibit:
to outlaw smoking in a theater.
to remove from legal jurisdiction; deprive of legal force.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an outlaw.
Origin of outlaw
before 1150; Middle English outlawe, Old English ūtlaga < Old Norse ūtlagi one outside the protection of the law; see out, law1
Related forms
self-outlaw, noun
self-outlawed, adjective
unoutlawed, adjective
1. desperado, bandit, brigand. 8. proscribe, ban, forbid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for outlawed
  • Fur farming has only been outlawed in countries where the industry was too small to generate any serious money.
  • Especially since the eco-romantics have effectively outlawed nuclear energy.
  • So, as with any outlawed or heavily regulated resource, a bustling underground trade has formed.
  • They're brain implants that were outlawed because they drove anyone who used one insane.
  • outlawed pets can include primates, alligators and big cats.
  • Governments have outlawed religiously-sanctioned polygamy, even when the practice has been a central tenet of faith.
  • But with many of its leaders in prison, and rallies outlawed, it has been largely neutralised.
  • Private armies and roving marauders were outlawed long ago for reasons that appear valid today.
  • Paid lobbying by companies and organizations should be outlawed.
  • Topless bathing is outlawed and public displays of affection may cause offense and can even land you in trouble with the police.
British Dictionary definitions for outlawed


(formerly) a person excluded from the law and deprived of its protection
any fugitive from the law, esp a habitual transgressor
a wild or untamed beast
verb (transitive)
to put (a person) outside the law and deprive of its protection
(in the US) to deprive (a contract) of legal force
to ban
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Word Origin and History for outlawed



Old English utlaga "one put outside the law" (and thereby deprived of its benefits and protections), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse utlagi (n.) "outlaw," from utlagr (adj.) "outlawed, banished," from ut "out" (see out (adv.)) + *lagu, plural of lag "law" (see law).

[G]if he man to deaðe gefylle, beo he þonne utlah ["Laws of Edward & Guthrum," c.924]
Meaning "one living a lawless life" is first recorded 1880. As an adjective from Old English.


Old English utlagian "to outlaw, banish," from utlaga "an outlaw" (see outlaw (n.)). Related: Outlawed; outlawing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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