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unlawful

[uhn-law-fuh l] /ʌnˈlɔ fəl/
adjective
1.
not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
2.
born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English unlaweful. See un-1, lawful
Related forms
unlawfully, adverb
unlawfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. illicit. See illegal. 2. bastard, natural.
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British Dictionary definitions for unlawful

unlawful

/ʌnˈlɔːfʊl/
adjective
1.
illegal
2.
illicit; immoral: unlawful love
3.
an archaic word for illegitimate
Derived Forms
unlawfully, adverb
unlawfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlawful
adj.

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

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