Definition of unlawful in English:


Line breaks: un|law¦ful
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈlɔːfʊl
, -f(ə)l/


Not conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules: the use of unlawful violence they claimed the ban was unlawful
More example sentences
  • Each of the people who uses or threatens unlawful violence will be guilty of the offence.
  • The House of Lords had to determine whether the rule amounted to such unlawful discrimination.
  • If malice aforethought is lacking the unlawful homicide will be manslaughter.


On the difference between unlawful and illegal, see illegal (usage).



More example sentences
  • I have come to the conclusion that the Defendants have not acted unlawfully in any way.
  • They seized the accused's boots while he was being unlawfully detained.
  • However, the Applicant was not convicted for mere possession of unlawfully imported prohibited goods.


More example sentences
  • It may, your Honour, but we would put it in terms of once you have reached that point, you are identifying unlawfulness and not merely judicial perception of abuse.
  • Only if there was no intent and no negligence as to the unlawfulness, is the accused not liable criminally.
  • It did not matter that neither party could enforce the unlawfulness by independent cause of action.

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