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Meaning & Definition of Unlawful in English

English

Unlawful

/ənlɔfəl/

adjective

1. Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

  • "An unconventional marriage"
  • "Improper banking practices"
    synonym:
  • improper
  • ,
  • unconventional
  • ,
  • unlawful

2. Contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law

  • "Unlawful measures"
  • "Unlawful money"
  • "Unlawful hunters"
    synonym:
  • unlawful

3. Not morally right or permissible

  • "Unlawful love"
    synonym:
  • unlawful

4. Having no legally established claim

  • "The wrongful heir to the throne"
    synonym:
  • unlawful
  • ,
  • wrongful

5. Contrary to or forbidden by law

  • "An illegitimate seizure of power"
  • "Illicit trade"
  • "An outlaw strike"
  • "Unlawful measures"
    synonym:
  • illegitimate
  • ,
  • illicit
  • ,
  • outlaw(a)
  • ,
  • outlawed
  • ,
  • unlawful

Examples of using

I did nothing unlawful.