unlawful Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “unlawful” in the English Dictionary

"unlawful" in British English

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unlawfuladjective

uk   /ʌnˈlɔː.fəl/  us   /-ˈlɑː-/
not ​allowed by ​law: unlawful ​possession of ​guns
unlawfully
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of unlawful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unlawful" in American English

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unlawfuladjective

 us   /ʌnˈlɔ·fəl/
not ​according to or ​acceptable to the ​law: unlawful ​behavior/​businesspractices/​discrimination
(Definition of unlawful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unlawful" in Business English

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unlawfuladjective

uk   us   /ʌnˈlɔːfəl/ LAW
not ​allowed by ​law: unlawful ​activity/​conductbe unlawful for sb/sth to do sth It is unlawful for any ​investmentadviser to ​engage in ​fraudulent or manipulative ​practices.
unlawfully
adverb /ʌnˈlɔːfəli/  us /-ˈlɑː-/
The ​employer unlawfully ​employedimmigrantworkers.
(Definition of unlawful from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “unlawful”
in Arabic غَير شَرعي…
in Korean 불법의…
in Portuguese ilegal…
in Catalan il·legal, il·lícit…
in Japanese 不法な, 違法な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 法律禁止的, 违法的…
in Turkish yasadışı, kanunsuz…
in Russian незаконный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 法律禁止的, 違法的…
in Italian illegale…
in Polish nielegalny, bezprawny…
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