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illicit

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adjective il·lic·it \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-sət\

Simple Definition of illicit

  • : not allowed by law : unlawful or illegal

  • : involving activities that are not considered morally acceptable

Full Definition of illicit

  1. :  not permitted :  unlawful

il·lic·it·ly adverb

Examples of illicit

  1. The wedding is mounted in traditional Punjabi style, but underneath the formal fanfare simmer dysfunctional-family tensions, deep dark secrets, … and illicit affairs. —David Ansen, Newsweek, 4 Mar. 2002

  2. “Thank you, Lieutenant,” she said, bowing her head, just as she might in everyday, civilian life, and I felt suddenly illicit in her presence, as though we'd slipped out of sight of our chaperons … —Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life, 1999

  3. The companies that carry cellular … have adopted a number of monitoring techniques to detect illicit calls … —Paul Wallich, Scientific American, March 1994

  4. He was arrested for selling illicit copies of the software.

  5. She had an illicit affair with her boss.



Origin of illicit

Latin illicitus, from in- + licitus lawful — more at licit


First Known Use: 1506

Rhymes with illicit


ILLICIT Defined for Kids

illicit

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adjective il·lic·it \i-ˈli-sət\

Definition of illicit

  1. :  not permitted :  unlawful





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