ex·​tra·​le·​gal | \ ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl \

Definition of extralegal

: not regulated or sanctioned by law

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extralegally \ ˌek-​strə-​ˈlē-​gə-​lē \ adverb

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Liberals later resorted to extralegal tactics to silence conservatives. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Scott Walker’s Toughest Campaign," 26 Oct. 2018 In a society haunted by violence, lynchings are cathartic acts meant to reimpose order, said Gema Santamaría, an author on extralegal justice in Latin America and adviser to the U.N. on the issue. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018 Photo: istock/getty images China’s extralegal efforts to acquire critical technologies are typically spearheaded by Chinese companies and their agents, often with the assistance of legal U.S. residents or citizens. Peter Navarro, WSJ, "Trump’s Tariffs Are a Defense Against China’s Aggression," 20 June 2018 That guy was responsible for the slaughter of Alejandro’s family, and in a twist of screenplay karma, Alejandro acquires extralegal custody of his enemy’s teenage daughter, Isabel Reyes (Isabela Moner). Taylor Sheridan, New York Times, "Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Blends War Movie and Western," 28 June 2018 The extralegal death sentence was executed by the white mob within four hours of the killing that Anderson was accused of committing. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Was man lynched in retribution for banker's death a drifter or man resented for success?," 1 May 2018 And nothing in the revised regulations limits or extends the vast extralegal powers that officials have always been able to wield by invoking national security. The Economist, "As China tightens rules on religion, unregistered churches wince," 15 Mar. 2018 Rights groups say the detentions are arbitrary and extralegal, sweeping up huge numbers of people on scant evidence. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "After U.S.-Based Reporters Exposed Abuses, China Seized Their Relatives," 1 Mar. 2018 But the idea that Obama and the Democrats were ruling by arbitrary, extralegal means was established on the right as holy writ. Kevin Baker, New Republic, "There are no good old days to return to in U.S. politics. The truth about a post-Trump era.," 15 Feb. 2018

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ex·​tra·​le·​gal | \ ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl \

Legal Definition of extralegal

: not regulated or sanctioned by law

Other Words from extralegal

extralegally adverb

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