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Robin Hood, an outlaw in English folklore.
 
A wanted poster for Jesse James, an American outlaw.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English outlawe, outlagh, utlaȝe, from Old English ūtlaga (outlaw), borrowed from Old Norse útlagi (outlaw, fugitive), equivalent to out- +‎ law. Cognate with Icelandic útlagi (outlaw).

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NounEdit

outlaw (plural outlaws)

  1. A fugitive from the law.
  2. (historical) A criminal who is excluded from normal legal rights; one who can be killed at will without legal penalty.
  3. A person who operates outside established norms.
    The main character in the play was a bit of an outlaw who refused to shake hands or say thank you.
  4. A wild horse.
  5. (humorous) An in-law: a relative by marriage.
  6. (humorous) One who would be an in-law except that the marriage-like relationship is unofficial.
  7. (slang) A prostitute who works alone, without a pimp.

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VerbEdit

outlaw (third-person singular simple present outlaws, present participle outlawing, simple past and past participle outlawed)

  1. To declare illegal.
  2. To place a ban upon.
    • 2016 August 15, “'Zombie knives' ban to come into force”, in BBC News[1]:
      The legal change in England and Wales will outlaw selling, manufacturing, renting or importing zombie knives.
  3. To remove from legal jurisdiction or enforcement.
    to outlaw a debt or claim
  4. To deprive of legal force.
    Laws outlawed by necessity. — Fuller.

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