What does unlawful mean?

Definitions for unlawful
ʌnˈlɔ fəlun·law·ful

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word unlawful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. improper, unconventional, unlawfuladjective

    not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

    "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"

  2. unlawfuladjective

    contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law

    "unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters"

  3. unlawfuladjective

    not morally right or permissible

    "unlawful love"

  4. unlawful, wrongfuladjective

    having no legally established claim

    "the wrongful heir to the throne"

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

    contrary to or forbidden by law

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

Wiktionary

  1. unlawfuladjective

    Prohibited; not permitted by law (either civil or criminal law; see illegal).

    He was charged with unlawful use of a car.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unlawfuladjective

    Contrary to law; not permitted by the law.

    Before I be convict by course of law,
    To threaten me with death is most unlawful. William Shakespeare.

    It is an unlawful thing for a Jew to come unto one of another nation. Acts x. 28.

    Shew me when it is our duty, and when unlawful to take these courses, by some general rule of a perpetual, never-failing truth. South.

    The secret ceremonies I conceal,
    Uncouth, perhaps, unlawful to reveal. Dryden.

ChatGPT

  1. unlawful

    Unlawful refers to any action, behavior or activity that goes against or violates established laws, rules, or regulations. It generally relates to something that is characterized by illegality and is not permitted or sanctioned by law, resulting in potential penalties or punishment if committed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unlawfuladjective

    not lawful; contrary to law

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unlawful

    un-law′fōōl, adj. not lawful or permitted by law.—n. Unlaw′, lawlessness, any breach of law: an injury, injustice: a fine exacted from a transgressor of the law.—adv. Unlaw′fully.—n. Unlaw′fulness.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlawful in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlawful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of unlawful in a Sentence

  1. Steve Vladeck:

    To make a long story short, I think the effort to have him confirmed is principally with an eye toward attempting to ratify all of the programs and policies that could be struck down by courts holding his acting appointment was unlawful, from the perspective of a new administration rolling back this administration's policies, it shouldn't make a difference whether they're promulgated by a Senate-confirmed secretary or someone lawfully exercising the duties of the office on an acting basis.

  2. Rob Portman:

    I'm pleased to see that they are finally taking some actions to secure our border – now is not the time to incentivize unlawful migration or the influx of deadly fentanyl by continuing their failed policies, i call on the Biden administration to install the technology Border Patrol needs to complete their mission, close all the gaps in the border wall, and to implement policies to curb the influx of unlawful migrants and illicit narcotics.

  3. Prime Minister Andrej Babis:

    So, Twitter Sunday is here. I was waiting what will they what pull out right before elections, to harm me and to influence Czech elections. There is no case that they can pull against me during the time I am in politics, i have never done anything unlawful or bad, but it does not stop them to try to slander me again and to try to influence Czech parliamentary elections.

  4. Allison Burroughs:

    However unappealing that might be, it is not conduct made unlawful by Title VII.

  5. Edin Omanovic:

    9/11 ushered covert and overt surveillance regimes, many of which were unlawful.

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