1. Contrary to, or unauthorized by, law; illegal; as, a lawless claim.
He needs no indirect nor lawless course. --Shak.
2. Not subject to, or restrained by, the law of morality or of society; as, lawless men or behavior.
3. Not subject to the laws of nature; uncontrolled.
Or, meteorlike, flame lawless through the void. --Pope.
-- Law*less*ly, adv. -- Law*less*ness, n.
n 1: a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from
a failure of government) [syn: anarchy]
2: illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of
the law [syn: outlawry]