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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.
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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
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The state or quality of being illegal:
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Fraud, she highlighted, involved misrepresentation, unlawfulness, intention and potential losses.
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AKP Deputy Chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz submitted his party's extraordinary appeal for the annulment and renewal of the vote to the YSK on Tuesday, saying thousands of votes were impacted by the irregularities."There is clearly an organised unlawfulness, an election fraud here.
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He said the Indian government should stop unlawfulness and ensure safety of Muslims.
"We call on the citizens to be always on the alert and watchful on any activities and/or acts committed by persons which have the appearance of unlawfulness or irregularity amounting to a crime - and report the same to the proper authorities," he said.
"Aware that motorcycle transport services have been rapidly embraced throughout the country leading to several challenges including a rise in road accidents involving motorcycle riders, unlawfulness, insecurity and road congestion, the senate resolves that the ministry of transport identify strategies to enforce NTSA (Operation of Motorcycles) Regulations," read the order paper.
This is happening because of the Chief Minister and the government's promotion of unlawfulness," said the AIMIM chief.
The media portrays it as 'an example of colonial dispossession, international unlawfulness and willing capitulation to the US.
These conditions include the unlawfulness of the conduct complained of the EU institution, the reality of the damage and the existence of a causal link between the conduct of the institution and the harm invoked.
"The judge also said she will not condone unlawfulness which puts lives and properties at risk.