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without Meaning, Definition & Usage

With*out" preposition
OE. withoute, withouten, AS. withtan; with with, against, toward + tan outside, fr.t out. See With, prep., Out.
  1. On or at the outside of; out of; not within; as, without doors.
    Without the gate Some drive the cars, and some the coursers rein. Dryden.
  2. Out of the limits of; out of reach of; beyond.
    Eternity, before the world and after, is without our reach. T. Burnet.
  3. Not with; otherwise than with; in absence of, separation from, or destitution of; not with use or employment of; independently of; exclusively of; with omission; as, without labor; without damage.
    I wolde it do withouten negligence. Chaucer.
    Wise men will do it without a law. Bacon.
    Without the separation of the two monarchies, the most advantageous terms . . . must end in our destruction. Addison.
    There is no living with thee nor without thee. Tatler.
With*out" conjunction
  1. Unless; except; -- introducing a clause.
    You will never live to my age without you keep yourselves in breath with exercise, and in heart with joyfulness. Sir P. Sidney.
    ✍ Now rarely used by good writers or speakers.
With*out" adverb
  1. On or art the outside; not on the inside; not within; outwardly; externally.
    Without were fightings, within were fears. 2 Cor. vii. 5.
  2. Outside of the house; out of doors.
    The people came unto the house without. Chaucer.

Webster 1913