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a. Running away or fleeing, as from the law.
b. Of or relating to fugitives: "My brother ... was on the fugitive squad, tracking draft dodgers" (James Carroll).
a. Lasting only a short time; fleeting: "[His] house and burial place ... should be visited by all who profess even a fugitive interest in political economy" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
b. Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.
c. Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty; fugitive tint.
d. Of temporary interest: "Apart from juvenilia and fugitive verses, his poetic legacy consists of only some seventy poems" (Daniel Hoffman).
3. Wandering or tending to wander; vagabond: "We also chanced upon fugitive monks, penniless pilgrims and tradesmen" (Jeanne Marie Laskas).
1. A person who flees, especially from a legal process, persecution, or danger.
2. Something fleeting or ephemeral.
[Middle English fugitif, from Old French, from Latin fugitīvus, from fugitus, past participle of fugere, to flee.]
1. a person who flees
2. a thing that is elusive or fleeting
3. fleeing, esp from arrest or pursuit
4. not permanent; fleeting; transient
5. moving or roving about
[C14: from Latin fugitīvus fleeing away, from fugere to take flight, run away]
fu•gi•tive(ˈfyu dʒɪ tɪv)
1. a person who is fleeing from prosecution or intolerable circumstances.adj.
2. having taken flight, or run away: a fugitive convict.
3. fleeting; transitory.
4. dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral: fugitive essays.
5. wandering, roving, or vagabond.
[1350–1400; Middle English fugitif < Old French < Latin fugitīvus fleeing]
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|Noun||1.||fugitive - someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; "fugitives from the sweatshops"|
|2.||fugitive - someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice|
absconder - a fugitive who runs away and hides to avoid arrest or prosecution
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
escapee - someone who escapes
|Adj.||1.||fugitive - lasting for a markedly brief time; "a fleeting glance"; "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse"|
short - primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration; "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"
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