unlawful

[ uhn-law-fuhl ]
/ ʌnˈlɔ fəl /

adjective

not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
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

SYNONYMS FOR unlawful

1 illicit. See illegal.
2 bastard, natural.

Related forms

un·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 Forms

unlawfully, adverbunlawfulness, noun
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