un·law·ful adj
1: not lawful: not authorized or justified by law
2: acting contrary to or in defiance of the law
an unlawful possessor
un·law·ful·ly adv
un·law·ful·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective actionable, against the law, contraband, criminal, forbidden, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, inlicitus, lawless, non legitimus, not allowed by law, outlawed, prohibited, transgressive, unallowed, unauthorized, unconstitutional, unlicensed, unsanctioned, unwarranted, vetitus, wrongful, wrongous associated concepts: unlawful accumulation, unlawful act, unlawful assembly, unlawful combination, unlawful contract, unlawful detainer, unlawful detention, unlawful enrichment, unlawful entrapment, unlawful entry, unlawful flight, unlawful force, unlawful picketing foreign phrases:
- Ex pacto illicito non oritur actio. — From an unlawful agreement, no action will lie
II index broken (unfulfilled), delinquent (guilty of a misdeed), felonious, illegal, illegitimate (illegal), illicit, immoral, impermissible, unauthorized, unscrupulous, unwarranted, wrongful

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Against the law; illegal.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

See: illegal
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Not authorized by law; illegal.
2 Punishable under criminal law.
3 Characterized by moral corruption.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Contrary to or unauthorized by law; illegal.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Contrary to or unauthorized by law; illegal.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   referring to any action which is in violation of a statute, federal or state constitution, or established legal precedents

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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