Fugitive Fu"gi*tive, a. [OE. fugitif, F. fugitif, fr. L. fugitivus, fr. fugere to flee. See {Bow} to bend, and cf. {Feverfew}.] 1. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor. [1913 Webster]

The fugitive Parthians follow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Can a fugitive daughter enjoy herself while her parents are in tear? --Richardson [1913 Webster]

A libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

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 colors; a fugitive idea. [1913 Webster]

The me more tender and fugitive parts, the leaves . . . of vegatables. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

{Fugitive compositions}, Such as are short and occasional, and so published that they quickly escape notice.

Syn: Fleeting; unstable; wandering; uncertain; volatile; fugacious; fleeing; evanescent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • fugitive — fu·gi·tive / fyü jə tiv/ n: a person who flees; esp: a person who flees one jurisdiction (as a state) for another in order to elude law enforcement personnel Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. fugitive …   Law dictionary

  • Fugitive — Fu gi*tive, n. 1. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice. [1913 Webster] 2. Something hard to be caught or detained. [1913 Webster] Or Catch that airy fugitive called wit. Harte …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fugitive — late 14c. (adj. and noun), from O.Fr. fugitif, from L. fugitivus fleeing (but commonly used as a noun meaning runaway, fugitive slave, deserter ), from pp. stem of fugere run away, flee, from PIE root *bheug (1) to flee (Cf. Gk. pheugein to flee …   Etymology dictionary

  • fugitive — [adj] fleeing, transient avoiding, brief, criminal, elusive, ephemeral, errant, erratic, escaping, evading, evanescent, fleeting, flitting, flying*, fugacious, hot*, impermanent, lamster, momentary, moving, on the lam*, passing, planetary,… …   New thesaurus

  • fugitive — [fyo͞o′ji tiv] adj. [ME fugitif < OFr < L fugitivus < pp. of fugere, to flee < IE base * bheug , to flee > Gr phygē, flight] 1. fleeing, apt to flee, or having fled, as from danger, justice, etc. 2. a) passing quickly away;… …   English World dictionary

  • fugitive — adj evanescent, transitory, *transient, fleeting, passing, ephemeral, momentary, short lived …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fugitive — ► NOUN ▪ a person who has escaped from captivity or is in hiding. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ quick to disappear; fleeting. ORIGIN Latin fugitivus, from fugere flee …   English terms dictionary

  • fugitive — fugitively, adv. fugitiveness, fugitivity, n. /fyooh ji tiv/, n. 1. a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway: a fugitive from justice; a fugitive from a dictatorial regime. adj. 2. having taken flight …   Universalium

  • Fugitive — For other uses, see The Fugitive (disambiguation). Fugitives are often profiled in the media in order to be apprehended, such as in the TV show America s Most Wanted. A fugitive (or runaway) is a person who is fleeing from custody, whether it be… …   Wikipedia

  • fugitive — n. 1) to track down a fugitive 2) a fugitive from (a fugitive from justice) * * * [ fjuːdʒɪtɪv] to track down a fugitive a fugitive from (a fugitive from justice) …   Combinatory dictionary

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