adjective il·lic·it \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-sət\

: not allowed by law : unlawful or illegal

: involving activities that are not considered morally acceptable

Full Definition of ILLICIT

:  not permitted :  unlawful
il·lic·it·ly adverb

Examples of ILLICIT

  1. He was arrested for selling illicit copies of the software.
  2. She had an illicit affair with her boss.
  3. 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

Origin of ILLICIT

Latin illicitus, from in- + licitus lawful — more at licit
First Known Use: 1506

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with ILLICIT

ILLICITLY Defined for Kids


adjective il·lic·it \i-ˈli-sət\

Definition of ILLICIT for Kids

:  not permitted :  unlawful


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