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1. Unrestrained by law; unruly: a lawless mob.
2. Contrary to the law; unlawful: the lawless slaughter of protected species.
3. Not governed by law: the lawless frontier.

law′less·ly adv.
law′less·ness n.
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Adv.1.lawlessly - in an illegal manner; "they dumped the waste illegally"
lawfully, legitimately, licitly - in a manner acceptable to common custom; "you cannot do this legitimately!"
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(loː) noun
1. the collection of rules according to which people live or a country etc is governed. Such an action is against the law; law and order.
2. any one of such rules. A new law has been passed by Parliament.
3. (in science) a rule that says that under certain conditions certain things always happen. the law of gravity.
ˈlawful adjective
1. (negative unlawful) allowed by law. He was attacked while going about his lawful business.
2. just or rightful. She is the lawful owner of the property.
ˈlawfully adverb
ˈlawless adjective
paying no attention to, and not keeping, the law. In its early days, the American West was full of lawless men.
ˈlawlessly adverb
ˈlawlessness noun
lawyer (ˈloːjə) noun
a person whose work it is to know about and give advice and help to others concerning the law. If you want to make your will, consult a lawyer.
ˈlaw-abiding adjective
obeying the law. a law- abiding citizen.
law court (also court of law)
a place where people accused of crimes are tried and legal disagreements between people are judged.
ˈlawsuit noun
a quarrel or disagreement taken to a court of law to be settled.
be a law unto oneself
to be inclined not to obey rules or follow the usual customs and conventions.
the law
the police. The thief was still in the building when the law arrived.
the law of the land
the established law of a country.
lay down the law
to state something in a way that indicates that one expects one's opinion and orders to be accepted without argument.
References in classic literature ?
Pipt lawlessly made," continued the Wizard, "is a pretty cat, but its pink brains made it so conceited that it was a disagreeable companion to everyone.
The moment was at the close of a summer's day just before supper, which, in our house, we had lawlessly late, and the place was the kitchen where my mother was going about her work, and listening as she could to what my father was telling my brother and me and an apprentice of ours, who was like a brother to us both, of a book that he had once read.
Love is his tyrant, and lives lordly in him and lawlessly, and being himself a king, leads him on, as a tyrant leads a State, to the performance of any reckless deed by which he can maintain himself and the rabble of his associates, whether those whom evil communications have brought in from without, or those whom he himself has allowed to break loose within him by reason of a similar evil nature in himself.
Lone warned: "Those wanting more forceful action to correct the rigged election and state killings will be even more enraged, and Jubilee supporters will now want Uhuru to clamp down even more forcefully and lawlessly than he has.
Keeping a lawlessly brutal and corrupt Assad regime out of the liberated areas is, like it or not, an essential element of post-combat stabilization: No one in eastern Syria will want the fake caliph replaced by another mass murderer; one with disgusting addictions to chemical weaponry and torture.
The United States will not sit idly by as a rogue regime lawlessly pursues those who have made the life-or-death choice to run to freedom.
With its accompanying and lawlessly recorded CD (12 tracks, 34 minutes) "Blue and Red Make Purple" is catchy, tuneful, playful, and totally endearing
The news about the massive international observer mission comes amid growing fears about the Obama administration, which has been lawlessly supporting Clinton with federal resources while openly threatening to illegally nationalize America's election systems under the guise of declaring them "critical infrastructure.
Until immigration is reformed they will continue to be frustrated, but we cannot allow the president to lawlessly take the law into his own hands.
Prison officials in Canada are no longer permitted to lawlessly throw prisoners in "the hole".
Moreover, when the US government behaves lawlessly in the international scene and takes major foreign policy decisions overnight, the state executives, public servants, security agents and police officers follow the same path, that is disobedience to the rule of law.
And, in a firecely competitive world, their search for bigger profits causes some to behave recklessly and lawlessly.