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

  Fugitive \Fu"gi*tive\, n.
     1. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service,
        duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.
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     2. Something hard to be caught or detained.
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              Or Catch that airy fugitive called wit. --Harte.
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     Fugitive from justice (Law), one who, having committed a
        crime in one jurisdiction, flees or escapes into another
        to avoid punishment.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fugitive \Fu"gi*tive\, a. [OE. fugitif, F. fugitif, fr. L.
     fugitivus, fr. fugere to flee. See Bow to bend, and cf.
     1. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping,
        from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive
        slave; a fugitive debtor.
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              The fugitive Parthians follow.        --Shak.
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              Can a fugitive daughter enjoy herself while her
              parents are in tear?                  --Richardson
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              A libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician. --Sir
                                                    H. Wotton.
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     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.
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              The me more tender and fugitive parts, the leaves .
              . . of vegatables.                    --Woodward.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: lasting for a markedly brief time; "a fleeting glance";
             "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of
             things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse" [syn:
             fleeting, fugitive, momentaneous, momentary]
      n 1: someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; "fugitives
           from the sweatshops" [syn: fugitive, runaway, fleer]
      2: someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to
         elude justice [syn: fugitive, fugitive from justice]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  135 Moby Thesaurus words for "fugitive":
     DP, Judas, absconder, at large, betrayer, bolter, brief, brittle,
     capricious, changeable, circumforaneous, convict, corruptible,
     criminal, crook, deceiver, deciduous, deserter, desperado,
     desperate criminal, disappearing, discursive, disengaged,
     displaced person, dissolving, divagatory, double-dealer, drifting,
     dying, eloper, emigre, ephemeral, errant, escape artist, escaped,
     escapee, escaper, escapist, evacuee, evanescent, evaporating,
     fading, felon, fickle, fled, fleeing, fleer, fleeting, flitting,
     floating, flown, fly-by-night, flying, footloose,
     footloose and fancy-free, fragile, frail, free, fugacious, gadding,
     gallows bird, gangster, gaolbird, gypsy-like, gypsyish, hot,
     impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, in flight, inconstant,
     insubstantial, jailbird, landloping, lawbreaker, loose, meandering,
     melting, migrational, migratory, mobster, momentary, mortal,
     mutable, nomad, nomadic, nondurable, nonpermanent, on the lam,
     on the loose, out of, outlaw, passing, perishable, public enemy,
     quisling, racketeer, rambling, ranging, refugee, roaming, roving,
     runagate, runaway, running away, scofflaw, scot-free, shifting,
     short-lived, skedaddler, stateless person, straggling, straying,
     strolling, swindler, temporal, temporary, thief, thug, traipsing,
     traitor, transient, transitive, transitory, transmigratory,
     two-timer, undurable, unenduring, unstable, vagabond, vagrant,
     vanishing, volatile, wandering, well out of

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Gen. 4:12, 14, a rover or wanderer (Heb. n'a); Judg. 12:4, a
     refugee, one who has escaped (Heb. palit); 2 Kings 25:11, a
     deserter, one who has fallen away to the enemy (Heb. nophel);
     Ezek. 17:21, one who has broken away in flight (Heb. mibrah);
     Isa. 15:5; 43:14, a breaker away, a fugitive (Heb. beriah), one
     who flees away.

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

  FUGITIVE. A runaway, one who is at liberty, and endeavors, by, going away, 
  to escape. 

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

  FUGITIVE, FROM JUSTICE, crim. law. One who, having committed a crime within 
  a jurisdiction, goes into another in order to evade the law, and avoid its 
       2. By the Constitution of the United States, art. 4, s. 2, it is 
  provided, that "a person charged in any state with treason, felony or other 
  crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another state, shall, on 
  demand of the executive authority of the same state from which he fled, be 
  delivered up, to be removed to the state having jurisdiction of the crime." 
  The act of thus delivering up a prisoner, is, by the law of nations, called 
  extradition. (q.v.) 
       3. Different opinions are entertained in relation to the duty of a 
  nation, by the law of nations, independently of any treaty stipulations, to 
  surrender fugitives from justice when' properly demanded. Vide 1 Kent, Com. 
  36; 4 John. C. R. 106; 1 Amer. Jurist, 297; 10 Serg. & Rawle, 125; 3 Story, 
  Com. Const. United States, Sec. 1801; 9 Wend. R. 218; 2 John. R. 479; 6 
  Binn. R. 617; 4 Johns. Ch. R. 113; 22 Am. Jur. 351: 24 Am. Jur. 226; 14 Pet. 
  R. 540; 2 Caines, R. 213. 
       4. Before the executive of the state can be called upon to deliver an 
  individual, it must appear, first, that a proper and formal requisition of 
  another governor has been made; secondly, that the requisition was founded 
  upon an affidavit that the crime was committed by the person charged, or 
  such other evidence of that fact as may be sufficient; thirdly, that the 
  person against whom it is directed, is a fugitive from justice. 6 Law 
  Report, 57. 

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