illicit

[ ih-lis-it ]
/ ɪˈlɪs ɪt /

adjective

not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.
disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.

Origin of illicit

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

SYNONYMS FOR illicit

1 illegitimate, prohibited. See illegal.

OTHER WORDS FROM illicit

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH illicit

elicit illicitillegal illicit (see synonym study at illegal)
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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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