What does illicit mean?

Definitions for illicit
ɪˈlɪs ɪtil·lic·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illicitadjective

    contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention

    "an illicit association with his secretary"

  2. illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawfuladjective

    contrary to or forbidden by law

    "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"


  1. illicitadjective

    Lacking licitness, but not invalid.

    The bigamous marriage, while illicit, was not invalid.

  2. illicitadjective

    Breaking social norms.

  3. illicitadjective


  4. Etymology: From illicite, from illicitus, from in- 'not' + licet

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Illicitadjective


    Etymology: illicitus, Latin; illicite, French.


  1. illicit

    Illicit refers to something that is forbidden or not permitted by laws, rules, or custom, typically relating to activities considered morally or ethically wrong.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illicitadjective

    not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as, illicit trade; illicit intercourse; illicit pleasure

  2. Etymology: [L. illicitus; pref. il- not + licitus, p. p. of licere to be allowed or permitted: cf. F. illicite. See In- not, and License.]


  1. Illicit

    Illicit is an album by the fusion jazz band Tribal Tech released in 1992.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illicit

    il-lis′it, adj. not allowable: unlawful: unlicensed.—adv. Illic′itly.—n. Illic′itness. [L. illicitusin, not, licitus, pa.p. of licēre, to be allowable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illicit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illicit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of illicit in a Sentence

  1. David Amaryan:

    I have never possessed or traded on material, nonpublic information obtained through illicit or unlawful means, nor have I ever directed anyone working for me to obtain or to trade on such information.

  2. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez:

    In the OAS, we announced that if these intrusive, arbitrary, illicit, misdirected and rude actions were to persist against the sovereignty of our country, we would immediately proceed to denounce the letter of OAS and to initiate the definite withdrawal of Venezuela form this regional organization.

  3. Monika Bickert:

    We’ve made progress in the fight against illicit drug sales on our platforms, but we have more to do, we’re committed to making sure we do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse.

  4. Tom Cardamone:

    This study highlights that illicit financial flows are pervasive and pernicious in the developing world.

  5. Antony Blinken:

    The United States is designating 15 individuals and entities that engaged in the illicit sales and shipment of Iranian petroleum, petroleum products, and petrochemical products. These entities, located in Iran, Vietnam, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates( UAE), and Hong Kong, have supported Iranian energy trade generating millions of dollars' worth of illicit revenue.

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