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Meaning of fugitive

fu•gi•tive

Pronunciation: (fy'ji-tiv), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway: a fugitive from justice; a fugitive from a dictatorial regime.
—adj.
  1. having taken flight, or run away: a fugitive slave.
  2. fleeting; transitory; elusive: fugitive thoughts that could not be formulated.
  3. changing color as a result of exposure to light and chemical substances present in the atmosphere, in other pigments, or in the medium.
  4. dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral: fugitive essays.
  5. wandering, roving, or vagabond: a fugitive carnival.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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