unlawful

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adjective un·law·ful \ˌən-ˈlȯ-fəl\

Definition of unlawful

  1. 1 :  not lawful :  illegal

  2. 2 :  not morally right or conventional

unlawfully

play \ˌən-ˈlȯ-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

unlawfulness

play \ˌən-ˈlȯ-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of unlawful in a Sentence

  1. The sale of alcohol to minors is unlawful.

  2. it is unlawful to set off fireworks within the city limits

Recent Examples of unlawful from the Web

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First Known Use of unlawful

14th century


UNLAWFUL Defined for English Language Learners

unlawful

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adjective

Definition of unlawful for English Language Learners

  • : not allowed by the law


UNLAWFUL Defined for Kids

unlawful

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adjective un·law·ful \ˌən-ˈlȯ-fəl\

Definition of unlawful for Students

  1. :  not lawful :  illegal

unlawfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

unlawful

adjective un·law·ful

Legal Definition of unlawful

  1. 1 :  not lawful :  not authorized or justified by law

  2. 2 :  acting contrary to or in defiance of the law an unlawful possessor

unlawfully

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unlawfulness

noun


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