• WordNet 3.6
    • n unlawfulness the quality of failing to conform to law
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Holyoke, Massachusetts, makes it unlawful to water your lawn when it is raining.
    • n unlawfulness The character or state of being unlawful; illegality; contrariety to law.
    • n unlawfulness Illegitimacy.
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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.”


In literature:

I'm sure it would be quite unlawful, wouldn't it, Mr.
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
She still somewhat feared an unlawful invader, but the arrival of Rachel had reassured her.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
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 Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
I was a happy man before I unlawfully wrested Basildene from thee.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
It is unlawful to kill or capture non-game birds.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
They deem it unlawful to deprive any living creature of its life, and never eat flesh.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
We count shouting or kneeling in worship on the Lord's day to be unlawful.
"The Last Reformation" by F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
You are the preposterous-est unlawful-est infamous-est man I ever saw.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
The health demands abstinence from unlawful intercourse.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
The leader of this noxious and unlawful movement is one Adone Alba.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
Bonfires with some older person in attendance are safe enough and prevent unlawful bonfires in dangerous places.
"Study of Child Life" by Marion Foster Washburne
Marlowe clearly had a reckless delight in all things unlawful, and it seems probable that he possessed the bisexual temperament.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Better to have no children and to have virtue; for children begotten of unlawful beds are witnesses against their parents.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
These two were the unlawful issue of Longstaff.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
He also made it unlawful to sell goods in New York to the French traders.
"The Story of Manhattan" by Charles Hemstreet
In 1763 he writes, complaining that the Calvinists used unlawful methods to obtain possession of the church glebe.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
It is a narrative of the course and the consequences of unlawful love.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
It is unlawful to try cases on Sunday.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Whether the capture be lawful or unlawful, the insurer is rendered liable to the loss.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We exhort you, by virtue of our Confederation, to abstain from unlawful alliances.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger

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:

Six dollars for a box of gummy worms at the movie theater seems like highway robbery, but is it actually unlawful.
Report lists examples of "acceptable" and "unlawful" policies for employers.
Alan Michael Abernathy, 22, 60 Polk St, Russellville, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (within 3 miles of a school and/or housing project).
Allison is charged with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, a class A felony.
Life-insurance plan has an air of unlawfulness .
Aggravated assault to a police officer, armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, manufacture and delivery of.
Says union president unlawfully transferred.
Scott D Slaby, 41, of 1437 Route 6, Gaines, was charged recently by state police with terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault, indecent assault and harassment after he allegedly attacked a woman at his residence.
OU cornerback Joe Powell has a preliminary conference scheduled for Dec 18 on one felony charge of unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Taj Kurdi and Emad Aldaheen are both charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment.
Michael Grow, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, second-degree stalking and battery .
Jesus Ramos, 27, Marshall, was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to a class C felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Inquiry ordered into 'unlawful spying'.
IT Management / Some Social Media Policies Are Unlawful .
Under a proposed agreement, BP must pay the State of Texas $50 million for unlawfully emitting pollutants during and after the March 2005 explosion.