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unlawful

[uhn-law-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
  2. born out of wedlock; illegitimate.

Origin of unlawful

First recorded in 1250–1300, unlawful is from the Middle English word unlaweful. See un-1, lawful
Related formsun·law·ful·ly, adverbun·law·ful·ness, noun

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1. illicit. See illegal. 2. bastard, natural.
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British Dictionary definitions for unlawfully

unlawful

adjective
  1. illegal
  2. illicit; immoralunlawful love
  3. an archaic word for illegitimate
Derived Formsunlawfully, adverbunlawfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlawfully

unlawful

adj.

c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + lawful. Unlawful assembly is recorded in statutes from late 15c. Related: Unlawfully.

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