extralegal

adjective

ex·​tra·​le·​gal ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl How to pronounce extralegal (audio)
: not regulated or sanctioned by law
extralegally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The message was the third in a series of open letters Rhodes and the Oath Keepers wrote to Trump urging extralegal action following the 2020 presidential election. John Woolley, CBS News, 2 Nov. 2022 Previous prime ministers have had their tenures cut short by military coups or other forms of extralegal interference. Shaiq Hussain And Haq Nawaz Khan, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2022 Just north of Ketchum, Idaho is Phantom Hill, a scenic stretch of state highway that begs for extralegal speed. Basemwasef, Robb Report, 28 July 2022 With the ability to bolt from 50 to 70 mph in 2.3 seconds, leapfrogging cars ahead and squirting into gaps in traffic is theme-park fun, and the grunt doesn't tail off at extralegal speeds. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 12 July 2022 When Apple Daily was under siege, Mr. Clifford witnessed the impact of the government’s extralegal actions. L. Gordon Crovitz, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 But all those other norms still need shoring up — and Biden hasn’t offered much in the way of new laws or regulations to deter a future president from asserting extralegal powers. Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2022 First, companies need to renew their pledges to withhold funding from politicians who reject the results of the 2020 election and who pursue extralegal means to tilt future outcomes. Michael Posner, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 The archetypal example is the lynch mob, in which a group of enraged whites in the segregationist South would hunt down a Black man and exact extralegal punishment, for crimes real or imagined, with a noose. Damon Linker, The Week, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extralegal was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Extralegal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extralegal. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

extralegal

adjective

ex·​tra·​le·​gal ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl How to pronounce extralegal (audio)
: not regulated or sanctioned by law
extralegally adverb

Legal Definition

extralegal

adjective

ex·​tra·​le·​gal ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl How to pronounce extralegal (audio)
: not regulated or sanctioned by law
extralegally adverb
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