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Law-free, -frie, a. [Law n.1] Not legally convicted or condemned. — 1619 Garden Elphinston 1286.
The guiltie man … law free for that fact from thence To libertie inlairg'd
1638 Moray Synod 42.
Mr John Duff schoolmaister at Invernesse compeired and declared that he was law free
c1650 Spalding I. 28.
To quyte him who had mareit his sister, so long as he wes law frie, he could not with his honour

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