Definition of lawless in US English:

lawless

adjective

  • Not governed by or obedient to laws; characterized by a lack of civic order.

    ‘it was a lawless, anarchic city’
    • ‘I'm not surprised that this society is becoming increasingly lawless when magistrates are giving out such small fines.’
    • ‘There can be no simple military solution to a threat hidden away in dozens of cities and lawless areas around the world.’
    • ‘Whereas in the Taliban regime it seemed pretty lawless, from the descriptions.’
    • ‘They want nothing so much as to be protected from the lawless violence of his undisciplined war bands.’
    • ‘They are tired of the lawless hell that exists inside the city and are literally willing to have us rubble it to save it.’
    • ‘The modern day rulers of this lawless land, like the nobility of old, prosecute the juiciest targets.’
    • ‘This just gave them an opportunity to turn more of the city into the lawless chaos they tend to drag with them where ever they go.’
    • ‘Parks has complained that the investigation and prosecutions of lawless cops is moving too slowly.’
    • ‘If something similar happened in an inner city school there would be an outcry about lawless youngsters embracing a culture of violence.’
    • ‘It's but a thin red line that separates the lawful from the lawless.’
    • ‘Jury nullification is not lawless because it is simply is not prohibited by law.’
    • ‘Other sources mention Vlad's determination to bring order in lawless times.’
    • ‘Was he simply an illicit fantasist running amok in a lawless land, as the prosecution alleged?’
    • ‘Yet the society has descended from being marginally lawless to one in which the outlaws outnumber the law-abiding.’
    • ‘The police consider the area lawless and refuse to provide protection for the community.’
    • ‘What tests or considerations are to guide the jury in determining when he may reasonably become lawless?’
    • ‘He was told to go and assert British law over the lawless whalers, sealers, timber merchants, and other settlers.’
    • ‘The threat of prosecution is the only way to end their lawless behaviour.’
    • ‘When family circumstances allow, I too will exit this crumbling and lawless city.’
    • ‘He agrees that the United States does indeed act like a sheriff trying to enforce justice in a lawless world.’
    anarchic, anarchical, disorderly, ungovernable, unruly, without law and order, disruptive, insurrectionary, insurgent, revolutionary, rebellious, insubordinate, riotous, mutinous, mutinying, seditious, revolting, terrorist
    illegal, unlawful, lawbreaking, illicit, illegitimate, criminal, felonious, indictable, delinquent, culpable, villainous, transgressing, violating
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Pronunciation

lawless

/ˈlɔləs//ˈlôləs/