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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.
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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.
By itself, prima facie, choosing to attack the US or its assets abroad is not evidence of psychological abnormality - true even as the attackers opt for lawlessly indiscriminate forms of terrorism.
In order to be respected in the society, everyone is lawlessly running to make money.
Asked about a brazen and armed invasion of a section of the conservation area not open to visitors in 2016, she revealed that sadly, perpetrators comprising land speculators, professional squatters and their cohorts in politics are still lawlessly occupying over a hundred hectares of land, harassing rangers, and ridiculously trying to evict Masungi and exact rent from land under the project.
acting lawlessly was not the same as using discretion--or rather,
In 1962, the Supreme Court lawlessly banned prayer in school in the Engel v.
did not proceed lawlessly to search the locker; they presented their
'It is alarming situation that how lawlessly unarmed civilians were killed in day light by Punjab Police on main highway in front of dozens citizens around, ' he said and added that all questions submitted to Punjab Police and Ministry of Interior must be responded to in detail.
"It is alarming how unarmed civilians were lawlessly killed in broad daylight by Punjab police in front of dozens of citizens," he said.