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One who had escaped custody or who had failed to appear before a court to answer criminal charges. After four summonses an absconder's goods were confiscated and he was declared beyond the protection of the law; therefore, an outlaw could be legally killed by anyone who met him. Outlawry was not abolished until 1879.

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