Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor.
- Running away or fleeing, as from the law.
- Lasting only a short time; fleeting: "[His] house and burial place ... should be visited by all who profess even a fugitive interest in political economy” ( John Kenneth Galbraith).
- Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.
- Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty.
- Of temporary interest: fugitive essays.
- Tending to wander; vagabond.
- One who flees; a refugee.
- Something fleeting or ephemeral.