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fugitive

fu·gi·tive

fugitive

 
pronunciation:
fyu j tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: someone who is escaping or running away, as from the police, persecution, responsibilities, or the like.
synonyms:
escapee, runaway
similar words:
outlaw, refugee, renegade, vagabond
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: running away; fleeing.
a fugitive killer
synonyms:
runaway
similar words:
escaped, flying, loose
definition 2: not permanent or lasting; transitory or ephemeral.
fugitive pleasures
synonyms:
brief, ephemeral, fleeting, passing, short-lived, temporal, transient, transitory
similar words:
evanescent, momentary, temporary
definition 3: not easy to grasp or retain.
fugitive ideas
synonyms:
elusive
similar words:
evasive, illusory, insubstantial, phantom, slippery, volatile
definition 4: inclined to wander; vagabond.
synonyms:
errant, itinerant, roaming, roving, vagabond, wandering
similar words:
nomadic
derivations: fugitively (adv.), fugitiveness (n.)
Word Parts
The word fugitive contains the following parts:
fug, -fuge Latin root that means flee
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).