For example, someone has a warrant for arrest. What is the word to describe the state or condition of being wanted? Jacques is wanted by the police.

  • Because of his ______, he has gone into hiding.


  • Jacques is ______ / a _______ man.

Obviously, I am looking for another word than 'wanted'.

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    “Wanted” seems to cover it.
    – Xanne
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 5:59
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    Someone wanted by the police is probably a fugitive. A child wanted by his parents is a fortunate child.
    – Xanne
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 7:39
  • @Xanne I would have answered on the lines of “wanted”, because it is the only word that expresses the condition without also expressing the attribute of fleeing or hiding from justice. Outlaw and fugitive may both be wanted but also are hiding from or fleeing from justice. I have not answered, as a courtesy to Xanne, who should have done so first.
    – Anton
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 8:15
  • Go ahead, @Anton. A person wanted by some authorities may or may not be hiding or fleeing. Or has already fled, perhaps even fled the jurisdiction. So many possibilities.So it depends on who wants whom for what.
    – Xanne
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 10:09
  • @Xanne I haven't the heart. You deserve the credit :)
    – Anton
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 10:10

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While not a single word, maybe you could use at large

(especially of a criminal or dangerous animal) at liberty; escaped or not yet captured.

  • It's a delightful idiom. I suppose it's extragrammatical [preposition + adjective], but it might be analysed as a strange usage of 'large'. // When they've been cornered, we don't say they're 'at small'. Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 15:59

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