unlawful

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unlawful contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law "unlawful measures","unlawful money","unlawful hunters"
    • adj unlawful contrary to or forbidden by law "an illegitimate seizure of power","illicit trade","an outlaw strike","unlawful measures"
    • adj unlawful having no legally established claim "the wrongful heir to the throne"
    • adj unlawful not morally right or permissible "unlawful love"
    • adj unlawful not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention "an unconventional marriage","improper banking practices"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Holyoke, Massachusetts, makes it unlawful to water your lawn when it is raining.
    • a Unlawful Not lawful; contrary to law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Denver it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
    • unlawful Not lawful; contrary to law; illegal; not permitted by law, human or divine; not legalized: as, an unlawful act; an unlawful oath; an unlawful society.
    • unlawful Begotten out of wedlock; illegitimate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
    • adj Unlawful un-law′fōōl not lawful or permitted by law
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Quotations

  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “Those who do unlawful acts are no more sinners in the eyes of God than we who think them.”

Usage

In literature:

But the important fact is, that this propaganda will be carried out, whether unlawful or not.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Charles resisted an absolutely unlawful attack, and a gun fight followed.
"Mob Rule in New Orleans" by Ida B. Wells-Barnett
He has a right to do and say all things which are not unlawful or wrong within themselves.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
They had a sort of genius at finding out every unlawful means to support a vagabond life.
"Stories for the Young" by Hannah More
It is unlawful for the uninitiated among mortals to know.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
I will never do an unlawful thing, to the disgrace and shame of my house.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
So many of the old ideas of the efficacy of ecclesiasticism still linger, most of them by no means unlawfully.
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Know that it is unlawful for thee to drink the froth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Improper indulgence begets unlawful desires.
"Charles Duran" by The Author of The Waldos
It is thought that he had no name, or, if he had, that it must have been unlawful to pronounce or write it.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
Lawful enjoyment is the surest method to prevent unlawful gratification.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It is unlawful to indicate that the king eats, sleeps, or drinks.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
The car flew on, increasing a speed that had been unlawful almost from the start.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
You were engaged in an unlawful enterprise, and in resisting his majesty's officers.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
I have not taken money, and I will not take it, neither for a lawful nor for an unlawful end.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Yet I would not get this money by violent or unlawful means; I only think of what might be if I had it.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
Banks, Major-General, unlawful proceeding of, in Baltimore, 334.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
To him war was a business, an unlawful business to be sure, but, he believed, a profitable one.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
As a general rule, it must, doubtless, be unlawful to attempt another man's life, or to hazard your own.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2" by Thomas de Quincey
The people of Alabama and Georgia are now suffering the recoil of their own unlawful weapons.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
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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:

The legal case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom continues to spiral out of control as New Zealand's Prime Minister announced this week that an inquiry into unlawful government spying on Dotcom and others has been launched.
Four city men accused of unlawfully entering garage in October.
A Georgetown County couple was convicted of sexual exploitation of two minors and unlawful conduct towards children Wednesday after a trial that lasted two days.
John Skelton sentenced 10 to 15 years in prison on a charge of unlawful imprisonment.
The husband of Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith is suing two city residents for allegedly defaming him last year by suggesting he had unlawfully taken down one or more campaign signs.
The fraternity was convicted of several charges, including unlawfully dealing with a child and criminal nuisance.
Fulton man charged with rape and unlawful imprisonment.
Seneca Police Department arrested 22 year old Brent A Haverkamp of Goff on Tuesday in Seneca on charges of burglary, theft, and unlawful use of a financial card.
On November 4, 2012 the Waterloo Police Department arrested Ronald K Jones age 50 of Waterloo, NY for Attempted Unlawful Surveillance in the second degree.
Advocacy group sues state, Passaic claiming handicapped parking space fees are unlawful.
WOODLAND, CA (KTXL) — Ronald Vikash Chand, a 32-year-old Sacramento resident, has been convicted on five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, the Yolo County DA's office announced Friday.
Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor (which is statutory rape ) to avoid a trial.
Kalamazoo resident Andrea Jenkins, 23, was arraigned on charges of unlawful driving of an automobile after she allegedly stole her friend's vehicle June 10.
The state attorney general has charged BP with the "unlawful" release of toxic chemicals at its refinery in Texas City.
Lawyers for Harvey Whittemore are seeking to suppress evidence in a federal case charging the one-time power broker unlawfully funneled $138,000 in campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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