lawless

A lawless society is one without any rules or order. In some respects, the Old West era of the U.S. was a lawless time.

When you think of old-timey saloons and sheriffs and cowboys, you probably envision lawless bandits riding boldly into town — in other words, criminals accustomed to making their own rules, rather than following any established laws. A lawless city today is one that's in such chaos that order can't be kept, even by police officers. To be lawless is to be without law, which stems from the Old English lagu, "law or rule."

Definitions of lawless
  1. adjective
    without law or control
    synonyms: anarchic, anarchical
    uncontrolled
    not being under control; out of control
  2. adjective
    lax in enforcing laws
    synonyms: wide-open
    unlawful
    contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
  3. adjective
    disobedient to or defiant of law
    lawless bands roaming the plains”
    synonyms: outlaw
    unlawful
    contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
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