Definition of fugitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fugitive

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːdʒətɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːdʒətɪv//
     
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  1. 1trying to avoid being caught a fugitive criminal
  2. 2(literary) lasting only for a very short time synonym fleeting a fugitive idea/thought
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French fugitif, -ive, from Latin fugitivus, from fugere ‘flee’.
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