- not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
- disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.
Origin of illicit
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1. illegitimate, prohibited. See illegal.
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Examples from the Web for illicitly
Magomed illicitly made $1.3 million from this bridge loan scheme.Putin's Criminal Olympics
January 27, 2014
A greater volume of trade was probably carried on illicitly with England.Union and Democracy
The night has a subdued preciousness, like an illicitly pregnant womans.I, Mary MacLane
Have you good reasons for supposing him to have been illicitly connected with that girl?Arthur Mervyn
Charles Brockden Brown
It is needless to remark that the only foodstuffs now for secret sale are those that have been stolen or illicitly concealed.The Secrets of a Kuttite
Edward O. Mousley
Jackson County has never had a feud; its chief lawlessness has been the promiscuous sale of whiskey, illicitly, of course.Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies
Chas. G Mutzenberg
- another word for illegal
- not allowed or approved by common custom, rule, or standardillicit sexual relations
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Word Origin and History for illicitly
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