• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Unlaw (Scots Law) Any transgression or offense against the law.
    • Unlaw To deprive of the authority or character of law.
    • Unlaw (Scots Law) To impose a fine upon; to fine.
    • Unlaw To put beyond protection of law; to outlaw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Holyoke, Massachusetts, makes it unlawful to water your lawn when it is raining.
    • n unlaw Violation of law or justice; lawlessness; anarchy; injustice.
    • n unlaw In Scots law: Any transgression of the law; an injury, or act of injustice.
    • n unlaw A fine or amercement legally fixed and exacted from one who has transgressed the law.
    • unlaw To outlaw.
    • unlaw To deprive of the authority or character of law.
    • unlaw In Scots law, to fine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Denver it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
    • n Unlaw lawlessness, any breach of law: an injury, injustice: a fine exacted from a transgressor of the law
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Those who do unlawful acts are no more sinners in the eyes of God than we who think them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, + law,


In literature:

It was unlawful to eat the flesh of victims that were sacrificed in confirmation of oaths.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
From her master's Service She Shall not at any time unlawfully absent herself.
"The Pot of Gold" by Mary E. Wilkins
They were arrested, tried, and placed in prison in many unlawful ways.
"A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" by Nephi Anderson
It has taken unlawful possession of the snake's nest.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
True it was that Ian had now his own fortune, had it at least until he lost it and his life together in some mad, unlawful business!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
An examination was made of the vessel, but nothing was found on board to indicate that the ship had been engaged in unlawful work.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 60, December 30, 1897" by Various
So, the clock being in, out she went upon her lawful or unlawful purposes.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, July 14th, 1920" by Various
Miss Ruth, a large part of your fortune is gone, used unlawfully by this man.
"The Climbers" by Clyde Fitch
He did not say unlawfully so.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
For it is better to serve a just king than a tyrant whose commands are unlawful.
"History of the Wars, Books III and IV (of 8)" by Procopius
Either all commerce which would accommodate him is unlawful, or none is.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
That reason in religion is of unlawful use.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But 'tis unlawful to condemn any man.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
Unlawful = malpermesita, nelauxlegxa.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
And this is at last bound to end the controversy if they sink another ship unlawfully.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II" by Burton J. Hendrick
People should be guarded against temptation to unlawful pleasures by furnishing them the means of innocent ones.
"Many Thoughts of Many Minds" by Various
The printing of the Koran is unlawful, but it is being printed.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
Any way the case Is one where doubt Is not unlawful.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
It is a misdemeanour to give to a woman any drug so as to stupefy her, and so enable any person to have unlawful connection with her.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The following list exhibits some of the unlawful substances seized at different breweries and at chemical laboratories.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum

In poetry:

All things are lawful unto me,
Yet many things unlawful be;
To some I perfect hatred bear,
Yet keep the law of love entire.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Possessed by a demon a negress
Wants to taste a girl-child saddened by new fruits
Unlawful ones too under the ragged dress,
This glutton’s ready to try a trick or two:
"A Negress" by Stephane Mallarme

In news:

An indictment unsealed Tuesday includes charges of bribery, conspiracy and unlawful kickbacks .
"It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning," he (or, more likely, his attorney or PR rep) told TMZ in a statement.
Michael Grow, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, second-degree stalking and battery.
Linda Lemaster was convicted of a misdemeanor for unlawful lodging .
Rape is a horrible crime, and it has been unlawful in every society for thousands of years.
Conway man charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child .
Violated state regulations and unlawfully discharged crude oil and contaminated water into a flood channel.
Father, son sentenced over Bugman's unlawful use of pesticide.
Harper plead guilty to a count of unlawful.
Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett says the Idaho Falls man was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor possession of game that was unlawfully taken.
A 100 page report released by the Humane Society details what they call "a routine and unlawful mistreatment of hundreds of primates " right here in Louisiana.
The charges against Robert Baker, 34, include two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
"West Frankfort was in the service area of these prostitutes and they were conducting unlawful acts in our town," said Tharp in a press release.
A successful co-partnership can help identify unlawful elements who are seeking to influence on a sports program and enhance protection of the student-athletes most likely to be targeted.
There are a few potential penalties for failure to comply with the city code that says it's unlawful to sell or display items in the public right-of-way .