unlawful

[ uhn-law-fuhl ]
/ ʌnˈlɔ fəl /

adjective

not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
born out of wedlock; illegitimate.

Nearby words

  1. unladen,
  2. unlaid,
  3. unlamented,
  4. unlash,
  5. unlatch,
  6. unlawful assembly,
  7. unlax,
  8. unlay,
  9. unlead,
  10. unleaded

Origin of unlawful

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

SYNONYMS FOR unlawful
1. illicit. See illegal. 2. bastard, natural.

Related formsun·law·ful·ly, adverbun·law·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unlawful

unlawful

/ (ʌnˈlɔːfʊl) /

adjective

illegal
illicit; immoralunlawful love
an archaic word for illegitimate
Derived Formsunlawfully, adverbunlawfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unlawful

unlawful

adj.

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

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