[syn: lawless, outlaw(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lawless \Law"less\, a.
1. Contrary to, or unauthorized by, law; illegal; as, a
He needs no indirect nor lawless course. --Shak.
2. Not subject to, or restrained by, the law of morality or
of society; as, lawless men or behavior.
3. Not subject to the laws of nature; uncontrolled.
Or, meteorlike, flame lawless through the void.
-- Law"less*ly, adv. -- Law"less*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: without law or control; "the system is economically
inefficient and politically anarchic" [syn: anarchic,
2: lax in enforcing laws; "a wide-open town" [syn: wide-open,
3: disobedient to or defiant of law; "lawless bands roaming the
plains" [syn: lawless, outlaw(a)]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "lawless":
actionable, against the law, anarchic, anarchical, anarchistic,
anomic, black-market, bootleg, chaotic, chargeable, contraband,
contrary to law, corrupt, criminal, crooked, dishonest,
disobedient, felonious, flagitious, flawed, froward, headstrong,
heady, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, impermissible,
indisciplined, iniquitous, insubordinate, irregular, irresponsible,
justiciable, larcenous, licentious, mutinous, naughty, nefarious,
nonconforming, nonconstitutional, nonlegal, nonlicit, obstinate,
outlaw, outlawed, punishable, rampant, recusant, reinless,
self-willed, sinful, transgressive, treacherous, triable,
unaccountable, unallowed, unauthorized, unbridled, unchecked,
uncomplying, unconstitutional, uncontrolled, uncurbed,
under-the-counter, under-the-table, undisciplined, unduteous,
undutiful, ungoverned, unlawful, unofficial, unreined,
unrestrained, unruly, unstatutory, unwarrantable, unwarranted,
venal, villainous, violative, wayward, wicked, wildcat, willful,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
LAWLESS. Without law; without lawful control.