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 extralegal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of extralegal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still mourning a friend who died a year earlier, the ad-hoc gang is saving to finance a move to California through various extralegal schemes whose immediate effect is to bring them into unwitting conflict with other local posses. Judy Berman, Time, 31 Aug. 2021 Since January, though, some leading Republicans have been backsliding — offering excuses for the insurgents who sought to overturn the election through extralegal means. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021 All took place against a backdrop of systemic racial segregation, individual acts of terror, and extralegal lynching—bolstered by law—across the national landscape. Paul Gardullo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 Mining camps in the Gold Rush days frequently meted out justice in an extralegal manner, according to a history presentation by Brendan Lindsay, an associate professor of history at Cal State Sacramento. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Far from an isolated event, the extralegal killing was how justice was often meted out in mining camps. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Deprived of a legal means of keeping their neighborhoods white, some racists resorted to extralegal methods, which is where the horror really begins. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Vigilantism seems like a topic that definitely holds some interest for Fennell, especially what a feminist vision of extralegal justice might look like. Christian Holub, EW.com, 22 Mar. 2021 Instead of taking allegations of gender discrimination before a judge and jury, Riot employees who signed the agreement must work with a private arbitrer, hired by Riot, in a private, extralegal forum. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 12 Feb. 2021

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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 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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