from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of outlawing or the state of having been outlawed.
- n. Defiance of the law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A declaration that an individual cannot benefit from the protection of law in a jurisdiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of outlawing; the putting a man out of the protection of law, or the process by which a man (as an absconding criminal) is deprived of that protection.
- n. The state of being an outlaw.
- n. Defiance of the law; habitual criminality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The putting of a person out of the protection of law by legal means; also, the process by which one is deprived of that protection, or the condition of one so deprived: a punishment formerly imposed on one who, when called into court, contemptuously refused to appear, or evaded justice by disappearing.
- n. The condition of a debt or other cause of action when by reason of lapse of time it can no longer sustain an action. Such a debt still subsists for some other purposes — such, for instance, as enabling the creditor to retain a pledge if he holds a security.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of the law
Middle English outlauerie, from Anglo-Norman utlagerie and from Medieval Latin ūtlagāria, both from Old English ūtlaga, outlaw; see outlaw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
outlaw + -ry (Wiktionary)