Meaning of outlaw

out•law

Pronunciation: (out'lô"), [key]
— n.
  1. a lawless person or habitual criminal, esp. one who is a fugitive from the law.
  2. a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law.
  3. a person under sentence of outlawry.
  4. 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.
    1. a horse that cannot be broken; a mean, intractable horse.
    2. any rogue animal.
—v.t.
  1. to make unlawful or illegal: The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the U.S.
  2. to deprive of thebenefits and protection of the law: Members of guerrilla bands who refused to surrender were outlawed.
  3. to prohibit: to outlaw smoking in a theater.
  4. to remove from legal jurisdiction; deprive of legal force.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an outlaw.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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