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UNLAWFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unlawful mean? 

UNLAWFUL (adjective)
  The adjective UNLAWFUL has 5 senses:

1. not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention
2. contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
3. not morally right or permissible
4. having no legally established claim
5. contrary to or forbidden by law

  Familiarity information: UNLAWFUL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNLAWFUL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

Synonyms:

unlawful; improper; unconventional

Context examples:

an unconventional marriage / improper banking practices

Similar:

irregular (contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice)


Sense 2unlawful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law

Context examples:

unlawful measures / unlawful money / unlawful hunters

Similar:

lawless; outlaw (disobedient to or defiant of law)

lawless; wide-open (lax in enforcing laws)

wrongful (unlawfully violating the rights of others)

Also:

corrupt; crooked (not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive)

illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)

Attribute:

lawfulness (the quality of conforming to law)

Antonym:

lawful (conformable to or allowed by law)


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Meaning:

Not morally right or permissible

Context example:

unlawful love

Similar:

illicit (contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention)


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Meaning:

Having no legally established claim

Synonyms:

wrongful; unlawful

Context example:

the wrongful heir to the throne

Similar:

illegitimate (of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful)


Sense 5unlawful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contrary to or forbidden by law

Synonyms:

illegitimate; outlaw; outlawed; illicit; unlawful

Context examples:

an illegitimate seizure of power / illicit trade / an outlaw strike / unlawful measures

Similar:

illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)


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