Meaning of “lawless” in the English Dictionary

"lawless" in British English

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lawlessadjective

uk /ˈlɔː.ləs/ us /ˈlɑː.ləs/

not controlled by laws, or illegal:

The film is set in a lawless city some time in the future.
lawlessly
adverb uk /ˈlɔː.ləs.li/ us /ˈlɑː.ləs.li/
lawlessness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈlɔː.ləs.nəs/ us /ˈlɑː.ləs.nəs/

(Definition of “lawless” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lawless" in American English

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lawlessadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈlɔ·ləs/

lawless adjective [ not gradable ] (RULE)

not permitted by law or not obeying the law; illegal:

The territory was once speckled with ranches and lawless towns.

(Definition of “lawless” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)