Definition of Fugitive

1. Noun. Someone who flees from an uncongenial situation. "Fugitives from the sweatshops"

Exact synonyms: Fleer, Runaway
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Flee, Run Away

2. Adjective. Lasting for a markedly brief time. "A momentary glimpse"
Exact synonyms: Fleeting, Momentaneous, Momentary
Similar to: Short
Derivative terms: Fleetingness, Moment, Moment

3. Noun. Someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice.
Exact synonyms: Fugitive From Justice
Specialized synonyms: Absconder, Escapee
Generic synonyms: Criminal, Crook, Felon, Malefactor, Outlaw

Definition of Fugitive

1. a. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor.

2. n. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.

Definition of Fugitive

1. Noun. (often followed by "from") a person who is fleeing or escaping from something ¹

2. Adjective. fleeing or running away ¹

3. Adjective. transient, fleeting or ephemeral ¹

4. Adjective. elusive or difficult to retain ¹

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Definition of Fugitive

1. one who flees [n -S] - See also: flees

Medical Definition of Fugitive

1. 1. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc, escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor. "The fugitive Parthians follow." (Shak) "Can a fugitive daughter enjoy herself while her parents are in tear?" (Richardson) "A libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician." (Sir H. Wotton) 2. Not fixed; not durable; liable to disappear or fall away; volatile; uncertain; evanescent; liable to fade; applied to material and immaterial things; as, fugitive colours; a fugitive idea. "The me more tender and fugitive parts, the leaves . . . Of vegatables." (Woodward) Fugitive compositions, Such as are short and occasional, and so published that they quickly escape notice. Synonym: Fleeting, unstable, wandering, uncertain, volatile, fugacious, fleeing, evanescent. Origin: OE. Fugitif, F. Fugitif, fr. L. Fugitivus, fr. Fugere to flee. See Bow to bend, and cf. Feverfew. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fugitive

fugitive (current term)
fugitive from justice
fugitive swelling
fugitive wart

Literary usage of Fugitive

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1. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs, Lydia Maria Francis Child (1861)
"The fugitive Slave Law. 28$ XL. THE fugitive SLAVE LAW. MY brother, being disappointed in his project, concluded to go to California; and it was agreed that ..."

2. The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom by Wilbur Henry Siebert (1898)
"APPENDIX B LIST OF IMPORTANT fugitive SLAVE CASES THE following list is not intended to be exhaustive: it by no means includes ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"Any agent who receives the fugitive into Ыя custody shall be empowered to transport him to | 649 J the State or Territory from which he has fled. ..."

4. Great Debates in American Hist: From the Debates in the British Parliament by United States Congress, Great Britain Parliament, Marion Mills Miller (1913)
"Anti-Slavery Men, to the Senate—President Fillmore in Annual Message (1851) Again Urges Enforcement of the fugitive Slave Law. ..."

5. Great Debates in American History: From the Debates in the British by United States Congress, Marion Mills Miller, Great Britain Parliament (1913)
"et al., Against Agitating the Slavery Question—Rescue of the fugitive Slave Shadrach: Proclamation and Message Concerning It by President Fillmore—Debate in ..."

6. Thirty Years' View: Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1858)
"The provisions of the act of 12th of February, 1793, relative to fugitive slaves, is clearly constitutional in all its leading provisions, and, indeed, ..."

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