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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.]
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
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
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un·law·ful

 (ŭn-lô′fəl)
adj.
1. Not lawful; illegal.
2. Contrary to accepted morality or convention; illicit.

un·law′ful·ly adv.
un·law′ful·ness n.
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unlawful

(ʌnˈlɔːfʊl)
adj
1. (Law) illegal
2. illicit; immoral: unlawful love.
3. an archaic word for illegitimate
unˈlawfully adv
unˈlawfulness n
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un•law•ful

(ʌnˈlɔ fəl)

adj.
1. not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
2. born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
[1250–1300]
un•law′ful•ly, adv.
un•law′ful•ness, n.
syn: See illegal.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unlawful - not conforming to legality, moral law, or social conventionunlawful - not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention; "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"
irregular - contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice; "irregular hiring practices"
2.unlawful - contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of lawunlawful - contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law; "unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters"
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
corrupt, crooked - not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
lawful - conformable to or allowed by law; "lawful methods of dissent"
3.unlawful - not morally right or permissibleunlawful - not morally right or permissible; "unlawful love"
illicit - contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention; "an illicit association with his secretary"
4.unlawful - having no legally established claimunlawful - having no legally established claim; "the wrongful heir to the throne"
illegitimate - of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
5.unlawful - contrary to or forbidden by lawunlawful - 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"
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unlawful

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unlawful

adjective
2. Of, involving, or being a crime:
3. Contrary to accepted, especially moral conventions:
4. Born to parents who are not married to each other:
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Translations
rettsstridig

unlawful

[ˈʌnˈlɔːfʊl] ADJilegal, ilícito
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unlawful

[ˌʌnˈlɔːfʊl] adj [act, dismissal, detention] → illégal(e)unlawful entry neffraction funlawful killing ndélit m d'homicide
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unlawful

adjgesetzwidrig; means, sex, imprisonment, actungesetzlich, illegal; weddingungültig

unlawful

:
unlawful assembly
unlawful entry
n (Jur) → Einbruch m
unlawful killing
n (Jur: = offence) → Tötungsdelikt nt
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unlawful

[ʌnˈlɔːfʊl] adjillecito/a, illegale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

unlawful

a. ilegal, ilícito-a.
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References in classic literature ?
If a return can be obtained, no matter by what unlawful means, the irregular member, who takes his seat of course, is sure of holding it a sufficient time to answer his purposes.
The former of these teaching the folly and vanity of it, and the latter correcting it as unlawful, and at the same time assuaging it, by raising future hopes and assurances, which enable a strong and religious mind to take leave of a friend, on his deathbed, with little less indifference than if he was preparing for a long journey; and, indeed, with little less hope of seeing him again.
Arthur Gride was tried for the unlawful possession of the will, which he had either procured to be stolen, or had dishonestly acquired and retained by other means as bad.
Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read.
As to those just causes of war which proceed from direct and unlawful violence, it appears equally clear to me that one good national government affords vastly more security against dangers of that sort than can be derived from any other quarter.
His weapon is a dagger carried under a black cloak when he goes out on his unlawful enterprises.
So Tip's guardian, however much she might aspire to working magic, realized it was unlawful to be more than a Sorceress, or at most a Wizardess.
I must say that for the next three months I threw myself into my unlawful trade with a sort of desperation, dogged and hopeless, like a fairly decent fellow who takes deliberately to drink.
We saw knights and grandees whom we knew, but they didn't know us in our rags and dirt and raw welts and bruises, and wouldn't have recognized us if we had hailed them, nor stopped to answer, either, it being unlawful to speak with slaves on a chain.
But if you lacked that qualification, and were an hungered, or inclined toward conviviality at unlawful hours, Colette's was your only port.
He was beginning, then, to dart at them glances full of mistrust and uneasiness, inviting Anne of Austria to throw perturbation in the midst of the unlawful assembly, when, suddenly, Bernouin, entering from behind the tapestry of the bedroom, whispered in the ear of Mazarin, "Monseigneur, an envoy from his majesty, the king of England."
Very true, I said; and observe the point which I want to understand: Certain of the unnecessary pleasures and appetites I conceive to be unlawful; every one appears to have them, but in some persons they are controlled by the laws and by reason, and the better desires prevail over them-either they are wholly banished or they become few and weak; while in the case of others they are stronger, and there are more of them.