extralegal

adjective
ex·​tra·​le·​gal | \ ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl How to pronounce extralegal (audio) \

Definition of extralegal

: not regulated or sanctioned by law

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Other Words from extralegal

extralegally \ ˌek-​strə-​ˈlē-​gə-​lē How to pronounce extralegally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of extralegal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Communist Party members have for years faced the threat of extralegal detention and potential torture in a dedicated system known as Shuanggui set up for going after allegedly corrupt cadres. James Griffiths, CNN, "Detention of CGTN anchor shows that in Xi Jinping's China, not even the propagandists are safe," 1 Sep. 2020 That’s why lynchings and other extralegal acts of white supremacy were reinforced by the firm hand of the U.S. government, as in the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Fear of a Black Uprising," 13 Aug. 2020 Permitting China's security apparatus to operate in the city raises the specter of extralegal persecution. James Griffiths, CNN, "China revealed some details of Hong Kong's national security law and it's as bad as critics feared," 22 June 2020 Permitting China's security apparatus to operate in the city also raises the specter of extralegal persecution. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's proposed national security law could end Hong Kong as we know it," 22 May 2020 Huge carbon ceramic brake discs slow things down from extralegal speeds at eyeball-straining rates. New York Times, "German Accent, Italian Flair: How Audi Taught Lamborghini Quality," 2 Apr. 2020 Rendition flights are said to be used for the extralegal transfer of prisoners from one country to another. Fox News, "Mysterious death of Swedish woman in Scotland classified as 'secret' by Sweden: report," 5 Mar. 2020 The incident has been recorded by a child nicknamed Buzz (Al-Hassan Ly), who flies a drone camera, and the three cops, both fearing the possibility of a riot and fearing for their own reputations, conduct an extralegal chase of that kid. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Urgent But Stilted “Les Misérables”," 22 Jan. 2020 The court also dismissed claims that the accused were prosecuted for their political beliefs rather than their extralegal actions, pointing out that pro-independence political parties already participate in regional and national parliaments. Pamela Rolfe, Washington Post, "Spanish Supreme Court sentences Catalan separatists to prison, sparking protests," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of extralegal

1644, in the meaning defined above

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“Extralegal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extralegal. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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extralegal

adjective
ex·​tra·​le·​gal | \ ˌek-strə-ˈlē-gəl How to pronounce extralegal (audio) \

Legal Definition of extralegal

: not regulated or sanctioned by law

Other Words from extralegal

extralegally adverb

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