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Definitions and Synonyms of unlawful | Another word for unlawful | What is unlawful?

Definition 1: contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unlawful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unlawful measures
  • unlawful money
  • unlawful hunters

(unlawful is similar to ...) disobedient to or defiant of law

"lawless bands roaming the plains"

(unlawful is similar to ...) lax in enforcing laws

"a wide-open town"

(unlawful is similar to ...) unlawfully violating the rights of others

"wrongful death" "a wrongful diversion of trust income"

(means also ...) prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

"an illegal chess move"

(means also ...) not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

(... are attributes of unlawful) the quality of conforming to law

Definition 2: contrary to or forbidden by law - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unlawful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an illegitimate seizure of power
  • illicit trade
  • an outlaw strike
  • unlawful measures

Synonyms for unlawful in the sense of this definition

(unlawful is similar to ...) prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

"an illegal chess move"

Definition 3: having no legally established claim - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unlawful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wrongful heir to the throne

Synonyms for unlawful in the sense of this definition

(unlawful is similar to ...) of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful

Definition 4: not morally right or permissible - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unlawful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unlawful love

(unlawful is similar to ...) contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention

"an illicit association with his secretary"

Definition 5: not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unlawful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an unconventional marriage
  • improper banking practices

Synonyms for unlawful in the sense of this definition

(unlawful is similar to ...) contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice

"irregular hiring practices"

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