Unlawful

  • 1 unlawful — un·law·ful adj 1: not lawful: not authorized or justified by law 2: acting contrary to or in defiance of the law an unlawful possessor un·law·ful·ly adv un·law·ful·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 unlawful — UK US /ʌnˈlɔːfəl/ adjective LAW ► not allowed by law: »unlawful activity/conduct be unlawful for sb/sth to do sth »It is unlawful for any investment adviser to engage in fraudulent or manipulative practices. unlawfully /ʌnˈlɔːfəli/ US  / ˈlɑː /… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 unlawful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not conforming to or permitted by law or rules. DERIVATIVES unlawfully adverb unlawfulness noun. USAGE The adjectives unlawful and illegal can both mean ‘contrary to or forbidden by law’, but unlawful has a broader meaning ‘not… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 Unlawful — Un*law ful, a. Not lawful; contrary to law. {Un*law ful*ly}, adv. {Un*law ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] {Unlawful assembly}. (Law) See under {Assembly}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 unlawful — c.1300, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + LAWFUL (Cf. lawful). Unlawful assembly is recorded in statutes from late 15c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 unlawful — unlawful, illegal, illegitimate, illicit are comparable when they mean contrary to, prohibited by, or not in accordance with law or the law. Otherwise than this negation in character, the words in general carry the same differences in… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 unlawful — [adj] against the law actionable, banned, bootleg*, criminal, flagitious, forbidden, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, improper, iniquitous, lawless, nefarious, outlawed, prohibited, taboo, unauthorized, under the counter*, unlicensed, wrongful;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 unlawful — [unlô′fəl] adj. 1. against the law; illegal 2. against moral or ethical standards; immoral unlawfully adv. unlawfulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 unlawful — That which is contrary to, prohibited, or unauthorized by law. That which is not lawful. The acting contrary to, or in defiance of the law; disobeying or disregarding the law. Term is equivalent to without excuse or justification. State v. Noble …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 10 unlawful — adj. unlawful to + inf. (it s unlawful to drive without a license) * * * [ʌn lɔːf(ə)l] unlawful to + inf. (it s unlawful to drive without a license) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 unlawful — un|law|ful [ ʌn lɔfl ] adjective LEGAL something that is unlawful is illegal, especially something that would be considered legal in a different situation: unlawful imprisonment The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. ╾ un|law|ful|ly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 unlawful — [[t]ʌ̱nlɔ͟ːfʊl[/t]] ADJ If something is unlawful, the law does not allow you to do it. [FORMAL] ...employees who believe their dismissal was unlawful... A pushed in window indicated unlawful entry. Syn: illegal Ant: lawful Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 unlawful —    obsolete (of children) illegitimate    A matter of great concern to our ancestors, especially where primogeniture was concerned.    In various phrases:     ... in his unlawful bed, he got    This Edward. (Shakespeare, Richard III)     ... the… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 14 unlawful — UK [ʌnˈlɔːf(ə)l] / US [ʌnˈlɔf(ə)l] adjective legal something that is unlawful is illegal, especially something that would be considered legal in a different situation The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. Derived word: unlawfully… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 unlawful — illegal, illegitimate, illicit, unlawful The different meanings of these words correspond to the meanings of legal, legitimate, licit (now rarely used), and lawful. Something is illegal when it is in all circumstances against the law, illicit… …

    Modern English usage

  • 16 unlawful — adjective Prohibited. Not permitted by law, may refer to civil or criminal law (see illegal). He was charged with unlawful use of a car …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 unlawful — See illegal. See illegal, unlawful …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 18 unlawful — adj. Unlawful is used with these nouns: ↑act, ↑assembly, ↑conduct, ↑discrimination, ↑eviction, ↑force, ↑homicide, ↑imprisonment, ↑industrial action, ↑intercourse, ↑killing, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 unlawful — un|law|ful [ʌnˈlo:fəl US ˈlo: ] adj law not legal = ↑illegal ▪ The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. >unlawfully adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 unlawful — adjective not conforming to or permitted by the law or rules. Derivatives unlawfully adverb unlawfulness noun Usage On the difference between unlawful and illegal, see usage at illegal …

    English new terms dictionary