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FUGITIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fugitive mean? 

FUGITIVE (noun)
  The noun FUGITIVE has 2 senses:

1. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
2. someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice

  Familiarity information: FUGITIVE used as a noun is rare.


FUGITIVE (adjective)
  The adjective FUGITIVE has 1 sense:

1. lasting for a markedly brief time

  Familiarity information: FUGITIVE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FUGITIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

Someone who flees from an uncongenial situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fleer; fugitive; runaway

Context example:

fugitives from the sweatshops

Hypernyms ("fugitive" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


Sense 2fugitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fugitive from justice; fugitive

Hypernyms ("fugitive" is a kind of...):

criminal; crook; felon; malefactor; outlaw (someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fugitive"):

absconder (a fugitive who runs away and hides to avoid arrest or prosecution)

escapee (someone who escapes)


FUGITIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Lasting for a markedly brief time

Synonyms:

fleeting; fugitive; momentaneous; momentary

Context examples:

a fleeting glance / fugitive hours / rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass / a momentary glimpse

Similar:

short (primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration)


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