Definitions for unlawfulʌnˈlɔ fəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
not lawful; contrary to law; illegal.
born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
* Syn: See illegal.
Origin of unlawful:
improper, unconventional, unlawful(adj)
not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention
"an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"
contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
"unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters"
not morally right or permissible
having no legally established claim
"the wrongful heir to the throne"
illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawful(adj)
contrary to or forbidden by law
"an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"
Prohibited; not permitted by law (either civil or criminal law; see illegal).
He was charged with unlawful use of a car.
not lawful; contrary to law