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 for lawless
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lawless \Law"less\, a.
     1. Contrary to, or unauthorized by, law; illegal; as, a
        lawless claim.
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              He needs no indirect nor lawless course. --Shak.
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     2. Not subject to, or restrained by, the law of morality or
        of society; as, lawless men or behavior.
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     3. Not subject to the laws of nature; uncontrolled.
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              Or, meteorlike, flame lawless through the void.
        -- Law"less*ly, adv. -- Law"less*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: without law or control; "the system is economically
             inefficient and politically anarchic" [syn: anarchic,
             anarchical, lawless]
      2: lax in enforcing laws; "a wide-open town" [syn: wide-open,
      3: disobedient to or defiant of law; "lawless bands roaming the
         plains" [syn: lawless, outlaw(a)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "lawless":
     actionable, against the law, anarchic, anarchical, anarchistic,
     anomic, black-market, bootleg, chaotic, chargeable, contraband,
     contrary to law, corrupt, criminal, crooked, dishonest,
     disobedient, felonious, flagitious, flawed, froward, headstrong,
     heady, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, impermissible,
     indisciplined, iniquitous, insubordinate, irregular, irresponsible,
     justiciable, larcenous, licentious, mutinous, naughty, nefarious,
     nonconforming, nonconstitutional, nonlegal, nonlicit, obstinate,
     outlaw, outlawed, punishable, rampant, recusant, reinless,
     self-willed, sinful, transgressive, treacherous, triable,
     unaccountable, unallowed, unauthorized, unbridled, unchecked,
     uncomplying, unconstitutional, uncontrolled, uncurbed,
     under-the-counter, under-the-table, undisciplined, unduteous,
     undutiful, ungoverned, unlawful, unofficial, unreined,
     unrestrained, unruly, unstatutory, unwarrantable, unwarranted,
     venal, villainous, violative, wayward, wicked, wildcat, willful,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LAWLESS. Without law; without lawful control.

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