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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)

Sense 1unlawful [BACK TO TOP]


Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention


unlawful; improper; unconventional

Context examples:

an unconventional marriage / improper banking practices


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

Sense 2unlawful [BACK TO TOP]


Contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law

Context examples:

unlawful measures / unlawful money / unlawful hunters


lawless; outlaw (disobedient to or defiant of law)

lawless; wide-open (lax in enforcing laws)

wrongful (unlawfully violating the rights of others)


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

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


lawfulness (the quality of conforming to law)


lawful (conformable to or allowed by law)

Sense 3unlawful [BACK TO TOP]


Not morally right or permissible

Context example:

unlawful love


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

Sense 4unlawful [BACK TO TOP]


Having no legally established claim


wrongful; unlawful

Context example:

the wrongful heir to the throne


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

Sense 5unlawful [BACK TO TOP]


Contrary to or forbidden by law


illegitimate; outlaw; outlawed; illicit; unlawful

Context examples:

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


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

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