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English adjective: unlawful

1. unlawful not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention


SamplesAn unconventional marriage.
Improper banking practices.


Synonymsimproper, unconventional


Similarirregular


Antonymsregular

2. unlawful contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law


SamplesUnlawful measures.
Unlawful money.
Unlawful hunters.


Similarlawless, lawless, outlaw, wide-open, wrongful


See alsocorrupt, crooked, illegal


Attributelawfulness


Antonymslawful

3. unlawful not morally right or permissible


SamplesUnlawful love.


Similarillicit


Antonymslicit

4. unlawful having no legally established claim


SamplesThe wrongful heir to the throne.


Synonymswrongful


Similarillegitimate


Antonymslegitimate

5. unlawful contrary to or forbidden by law


SamplesAn illegitimate seizure of power.
Illicit trade.
An outlaw strike.
Unlawful measures.


Synonymsillegitimate, illicit, outlaw, outlawed


Similarillegal


Antonymslegal









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