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unlawful

[ uhn-law-fuhl ]
/ ʌnˈlɔ fəl /
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adjective
not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
born out of wedlock; illegitimate.

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Origin of unlawful

First recorded in 1250–1300, unlawful is from the Middle English word unlaweful.See un-1, lawful

synonym study for unlawful

1. See illegal.

OTHER WORDS FROM unlawful

un·law·ful·ly, adverbun·law·ful·ness, noun
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How to use unlawful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unlawful

unlawful
/ (ʌnˈlɔːfʊl) /

adjective
illegal
illicit; immoralunlawful love
an archaic word for illegitimate

Derived forms of unlawful

unlawfully, adverbunlawfulness, noun
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