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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a criminal/illegal/unlawful act
▪ Starting the fire was a highly irresponsible criminal act.
be ruled illegal/unlawful etc
▪ This part of the bill was ruled unconstitutional.
unlawful discrimination (=not allowed by law)
▪ The European Court of Justice decided that she had been the subject of unlawful discrimination.
unlawful/illegal means
▪ He was accused of attempting to overthrow the government using unlawful means.
▪ Possessing a knife was not perse an unlawful act under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953, s.1.
▪ Where there is no unlawful act, there is no unlawful act manslaughter.
▪ The unlawful act was arson, and he was reckless as to the risk of injury.
▪ The requirement of mens rea for unlawful act manslaughter may be easily satisfied.
▪ If the accused kills by fire, the unlawful act is arson.
▪ A lawful act such as a killing in self-defence is not an unlawful act for this purpose.
▪ I do not however consider that Viscount Kilmuir was intending to state that any payment in response to any unlawful demand could be recovered.
▪ Take any tax or duty paid by the citizen pursuant to an unlawful demand.
▪ There is, of course, no doubt that a payment made in response to an unlawful demand under duress or compulsion may be recovered.
▪ I do not read these passages as stating that an unlawful demand which is enforceable is perse sufficient to found recovery.
▪ The revenue has made an unlawful demand for tax.
▪ A finding of unlawful discrimination may be made even though the employer has no intention to discriminate.
▪ This leads us to consider the meaning of unlawful discrimination.
▪ Such legislation gives individuals the right of direct access to the civil courts and industrial tribunals for legal remedies for unlawful discrimination.
▪ But it is not only at the recruitment stage that age ranges can be unlawful discrimination.
▪ The jury today returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
▪ There was insufficient evidence for a verdict of unlawful killing or suicide.
▪ Verdict: Death by misadventure on Swales and unlawful killing on the two girls.
▪ The unlawful means adopted may be considerably more remote than interference in the contractual relationship between B and his servants.
▪ Bearing that in mind, it is tolerably clear that conduct which is itself tortious is always unlawful means.
▪ The other forms of the tort require interference by unlawful means.
▪ Mr Meehan denied making threats to kill and using unlawful violence.
▪ Cook, who has previous convictions for robbery, pleaded guilty to attempted rape and to unlawful wounding.
▪ Six officers were originally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and the seventh with unlawful wounding.
▪ Grievous bodily harm: unlawful wounding, including cuts, or using a weapon which causes actual injury.
unlawful activities
unlawful employment practices
▪ Anyone who has been the victim of unlawful arrest is entitled to compensation.
▪ The court rules that the raid had been unlawful.
▪ He admitted unlawful possession of amphetamine and unlawful possession of cannabis.
▪ However, although the failure to consult was unlawful, the fact was that the unit had already been closed.
▪ Six officers were originally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and the seventh with unlawful wounding.
▪ Some see the distinction in terms of a commission which is unlawful and an omission which may not be.
▪ The unlawful taking and driving away of vehicles goes well beyond damage to property.
▪ The Attorney-General may proceed in the High Court for an Order to prevent the local authority carrying out its intended unlawful act.
▪ There are two types of crime which will not suffice as the unlawful act: crimes of negligence and crimes of omission.
▪ This leads us to consider the meaning of unlawful discrimination.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Unlawful \Un*law"ful\, a. Not lawful; contrary to law. -- Un*law"ful*ly, adv. -- Un*law"ful*ness, n.

Unlawful assembly. (Law) See under Assembly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"contrary to law, illegal," c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + lawful. Unlawful assembly is recorded in statutes from late 15c. Related: Unlawfully. Old English had a noun unlagu ("unlaw") "illegal action, abuse of law."


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

  1. adj. not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention; "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices" [syn: improper, unconventional]

  2. contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law; "unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters" [ant: lawful]

  3. not morally right or permissible; "unlawful love"

  4. having no legally established claim; "the wrongful heir to the throne" [syn: wrongful]

  5. contrary to or forbidden by law; "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures" [syn: illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed]


Usage examples of "unlawful".

William Codd, and when Bishop John Russell held a visitation in 1485 he was accused of practising unlawful arts.

Sir, that my person was at the control of a heathenish man of Belial--a dangler among the daughters of women--a promiscuous dancer--and a player of unlawful games.

I advised her not to reject the offer, and the baron fell in love with her, which was a piece of luck for Irene, as she was accused of playing unlawful games, and would have been severely treated if the baron had not given her warning.

Some one imagined that these meetings were the scenes of unlawful pleasures, the engines of the law were secretly directed against us, and the casino was shut up, and we were ordered to be arrested.

The former makes ineligible in any public school any member of an organization advocating the overthrow of government by force, violence, or any unlawful means.

The Acts Rescissory followed, declaring the Covenants unlawful and seditious deeds, and repealing all Parliamentary laws in their favour.

He took a leading part in defending a woman accused of witchcraft in the back-end, and--though it seems that the witch-pricker was a poor creature with some irregularities in his conduct--yet it cannot be denied that the words and doings of the man Mark Riddel on that occasion gave great offence to godly folk in Woodilee, and led to the just suspicion that he himself had meddled with unlawful matters.

Jewish or a Popish rite, and therefore utterly antichristian and unlawful.

Lander, and you got the misbegotten notion in your head to make such an unlawful sword, would you not keep its existence a secret?

First, as regards the object, since in us these passions very often tend towards what is unlawful, but not so in Christ.

There followed a troubled hour, as he dictated, ordered erasure, redictated, ordered rereadings, skipped back and forth, in the effort to frame the secret agreement in the fewest and simplest, and least startlingly unlawful, words.

Dan Roser, who developed the Philly Court strip mall located on the waterfront, and who alleges that John and Marco Coluzzi and other officials of Coluzzi Construction, McRea Paving and Excavation, and an array of other subcontractors engaged in a complex scheme of fraud, bribery, kickbacks, intimidation, and other unlawful and corrupt practices in connection with the construction of the shopping center.

All persons calling themselves Schollers going about begging, all Seafaring men pretending losses of their Shippes or goods on the sea going about the Country begging, all idle persons going about in any Country either begging or using any subtile crafte or unlawful Games .

In May, 1943, the Court found that an ordinance of the city of Struthers, Ohio, which made it unlawful for anyone distributing literature to ring a doorbell or otherwise summon the dwellers of a residence to the door to receive such literature, was violative of the Constitution when applied to distributors of leaflets advertising a religious meeting.

I could give each of you the thrashing you deserve for coming out here as an unlawful mob, but I have other affairs that demand my attention.