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fugitive

noun [C] uk   /ˈfjuː.dʒɪ.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/
a person who is running away or hiding from the police or a dangerous situation: Thousands of fugitives are fleeing from the war-torn area. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were fugitives from justice (= they ran away to avoid being tried in court).

fugitive

adjective uk   /ˈfjuː.dʒɪ.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/

fugitive adjective (TEMPORARY)

formal (especially of thoughts or feelings) lasting for only a short time: a fugitive impression
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fugitive adjective (PERSON)

[before noun] relating to a fugitive: Fugitive families who have fled the fighting in the cities are now trying to survive in the mountains.
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