- not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
- born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
Origin of unlawful
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1. illicit. See illegal. 2. bastard, natural.
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Examples from the Web for unlawfully
And what do you allege that Mr. Davis did unlawfully in this one?The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
August 15, 2014
With the help of the police and the judiciary, dissidents are unlawfully clapped into jails on trumped-up charges.General Basbug’s Arrest Underscores Growing Civilian Power in Turkey
January 6, 2012
Rhetoric is a good thing, but, like all good things, may be unlawfully used.Gorgias
And because he had not obtained them from a jeweller, did it follow that he had taken them unlawfully?In the Roar of the Sea
Kinmont Willie was a ruffian, but he had been unlawfully seized.Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy
Think not that it is unlawful to obey in every thing which is unlawfully commanded.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
Needing at times to use violence lawfully, he then began to use it unlawfully.The Passing of the Frontier
- illicit; immoralunlawful love
- an archaic word for illegitimate
Word Origin and History for unlawfully
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