illicit


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illicit

not legally permitted; unlicensed; unlawful: Illicit drugs are rampant in the city.
Not to be confused with:
elicit – to draw or bring out; educe; evoke: Your story elicits memories of my childhood.

illicit

not legally permitted or authorized: an illicit attempt to control the market; unlicensed; prohibited; not permitted by custom; disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons
Not to be confused with:
illegal – forbidden by law or statute: an illegal U-turn; forbidden by official rules or regulations: an illegal block (in football); something that is unacceptable to or not performed by a computer: an illegal operation
illegitimate – born out of wedlock: an illegitimate child; not sanctioned by law or custom: an illegitimate action; not in proper grammatical usage
unlawful – contrary to law: unlawful search and seizure; born out of wedlock [All of the above describe actions that are not in accord with the law. However, there are some differences in meaning among the words. Illegal refers most specifically to violations of statutes or codified rules: illegal seizure of property. Illegitimate means lacking legal or traditional rights: illegitimate use of privileged information. Illicit most often applies to matters regulated by law with emphasis on the way things are carried out: illicit conversion of property. Unlawful means not sanctioned by law: an unlawful claim to an inheritance.]

il·lic·it

 (ĭ-lĭs′ĭt)
adj.
1. Not sanctioned by custom or law; improper or unlawful.
2. Linguistics Improperly formed; ungrammatical.

[Latin illicitus : in-, not; see in-1 + licitus, lawful; see licit.]

il·lic′it·ly adv.
il·lic′it·ness n.

illicit

(ɪˈlɪsɪt)
adj
1. another word for illegal
2. not allowed or approved by common custom, rule, or standard: illicit sexual relations.
ilˈlicitly adv
ilˈlicitness n

il•lic•it

(ɪˈlɪs ɪt)

adj.
1. not legally permitted; unlawful.
2. disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.
[1645–55; < Latin illicitus]
il•lic′it•ly, adv.
il•lic′it•ness, n.
syn: See illegal.

illicit

Not allowed by law.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.illicit - contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention; "an illicit association with his secretary"
licit - sanctioned by custom or morality especially sexual morality; "a wife's licit love"
2.illicit - contrary to or forbidden by lawillicit - contrary to or forbidden by law; "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"

illicit

adjective
2. forbidden, improper, immoral, wrong, guilty, clandestine, furtive He clearly condemns illicit love.

illicit

adjective
1. Contrary to accepted, especially moral conventions:
3. Of, involving, or being a crime:
Translations
nedovolený
forbudtulovlig
óleyfilegur; ólöglegur
neatļautsnelikumīgs
nedovolený

illicit

[ɪˈlɪsɪt] ADJilícito

illicit

[ɪˈlɪsɪt] adj [activity, association] → illicite
the illicit use of state funds → l'utilisation illicite des deniers publics
the use of illicit drugs → la consommation de drogues illicitesill-informed [ˌɪlɪnˈfɔːrmd] adj
[person] → mal informé(e)
to be ill-informed about sth → être mal informé(e) à propos de qch
[comment, criticism, accusation] → infondé(e); [judgment] → infondé(e)

illicit

adjillegal; affair, relationshipverboten; spiritsschwarz hergestellt or gebrannt; illicit trade or saleSchwarzhandel m

illicit

[ɪˈlɪsɪt] adjillecito/a

illicit

(iˈlisit) adjective
unlawful or not permitted.
ilˈlicitly adverb
ilˈlicitness noun

illicit

adj ilícito
References in classic literature ?
I thought that I saw through his eyes a human affair of that most sorrowful sort as it must appear to the Infinite Compassion; the book is a sort of revelation of human nature in circumstances that have been so perpetually lied about that we have almost lost the faculty of perceiving the truth concerning an illicit love.
As is indeed not unfrequent with women of unimpeachable virtue, weary of the monotony of respectable existence, at a distance she not only excused illicit love, she positively envied it.
One American they found on the lower reaches of Georgiana who eked an illicit existence by fishing with traps.
He felt the illicit pleasure of a schoolboy playing truant.
The last war but between Britain and Spain sprang from the attempts of the British merchants to prosecute an illicit trade with the Spanish main.
Attempts have been made to pervert this clause into an objection against the Constitution, by representing it on one side as a criminal toleration of an illicit practice, and on another as calculated to prevent voluntary and beneficial emigrations from Europe to America.
Whether my medical friend's admiration of my satirical sketches led him into talking about them in public with too little reserve; or whether the servants at home found private means of watching me in my moments of Art-study, I know not: but that some one betrayed me, and that the discovery of my illicit manufacture of caricatures was actually communicated even to the grandmotherly head and fount of the family honor, is a most certain and lamentable matter of fact.
The popular wife of a great actor was discussing her husband's latest play with a Cabinet Minister who had the air of a school-boy present at an illicit feast.
His certainty that there was some understanding between Denham and Katharine returned, but with a most unpleasant suspicion that there was something illicit about it, as the whole position between the young people seemed to him gravely illicit.
It seemed an illicit way of arriving at information, and even had a vague analogy with listening at a key-hole.
The report noted that many countries were failing to recognize the importance of fighting illicit trade.
According to the Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2017 released by UK-based Oxford Economics last September, the Philippines posted the biggest drop in volume of illicit cigarettes among the 16 Asia-Pacific markets covered by the report.