unlawful

[uhn-law-fuhl]
adjective
1.
not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
2.
born out of wedlock; illegitimate.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English unlaweful. See un-1, lawful

unlawfully, adverb
unlawfulness, noun


1. illicit. See illegal. 2. bastard, natural.
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unlawful (ʌnˈlɔːfʊl)
 
adj
1.  illegal
2.  illicit; immoral: unlawful love
3.  an archaic word for illegitimate
 
un'lawfully
 
adv
 
un'lawfulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

unlawful
c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + lawful. Unlawful assembly is recorded in statutes from late 15c.
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Example sentences
Part of that is ensuring citizens do not have to put up with unlawful searches.
Proponents sought to establish these ostensibly respectable activities as unlawful, as types of copyright infringement.
Time for criminal prosecutions for unlawful imprisonment.
But there's nothing unusual about it, nor is there anything unlawful about it.
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