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illicit

[ ih-lis-it ]
/ ɪˈlɪs ɪt /
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adjective
not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.

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Origin of illicit

From the Latin word illicitus, dating back to 1645–55; see il-2, licit

synonym study for illicit

1. See illegal.

OTHER WORDS FROM illicit

il·lic·it·ly, adverbil·lic·it·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH illicit

1. elicit, illicit 2. illegal, illicit (see synonym study at illegal)
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How to use illicit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for illicit

illicit
/ (ɪˈlɪsɪt) /

adjective
another word for illegal
not allowed or approved by common custom, rule, or standardillicit sexual relations

Derived forms of illicit

illicitly, adverbillicitness, noun
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