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1. Not lawful; illegal.
2. Contrary to accepted morality or convention; illicit.

un·law′ful·ly adv.
un·law′ful·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unlawfulness - the quality of failing to conform to law
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
illegality - unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute
illegitimacy - unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law
illicitness - the quality of not conforming strictly to law
shadiness - of questionable honesty or legality; "they acted with such obvious shadiness that they were instantly recognizable"; "the shadiness of their transactions"
lawfulness - the quality of conforming to law


The state or quality of being illegal:
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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Veysel Ok, a lawyer representing the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), has visited several imprisoned journalists at Silivri Prison and published their letters describing the unlawfulness that they continue to face in prison.
We are gratified that the appellate court recognized the unlawfulness of the restrictions on ATM pricing that have for years allowed Visa and MasterCard to prevent ATM operators from charging consumers less for using lower-cost non-Visa or non-MasterCard services," said Jonathan Rubin, managing member of Washington, D.
The state would guarantee citizens the right to petition against this unlawfulness before courts that the state provides.
He went on to say that NITC will take action to prove the unlawfulness of the imposed embargo and also to remove Iran's biggest tanker firm from the list of EU's sanctions.
Nurullay Albayrak, a lawyer for Gulen, called the allegations "immoral slander" and said "this nation has never seen unlawfulness, immorality and lies at such a level.
Media reports about the spread of the culture of unlawfulness in the building and construction industry highlight the need for the Senate to pass legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz said today.
Mr Joicey launched a third bid for judicial review, citing six grounds of unlawfulness in planning procedure.
The surprise, coordinated and targeted campaigns of the police will continue in an effort to prevent and clamp down on every form of unlawfulness, aiming to safeguard public order and enhance the sense of public safety," a police statement said.
131) First, the individual acting in obedience to an order must have been actually unaware of the unlawfulness of the order.
The report, released on this year's World Day against the Death Penalty, said mentally-disabled or -ill prisoners sentenced to be executed may not have the mental capacity to "appreciate the unlawfulness or nature of his or her conduct, or capacity to control his or her conduct to conform to the requirements of law," as stated by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
We are all tired of the language of threats and unlawfulness.
We would argue that in addition to the lack of unlawfulness, neither intent nor causation applies, and furthermore that the term 'passive euthanasia' is an oxymoron and should be abandoned.