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Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as an illicit trade; illicit intercourse.


adjective accusable, actionable, against the law, banned, censored, contrary to law, criminal, exceeding the law, felonious, forbidden, forbidden by law, guilty, illegitimate, immoral, impermissible, improper, iniquitous, injudicial, inlicitus, interdicted, lawless, nonconstitutional, nonlegal, not according to law, not allowed, not approved, not covered by law, not permitted, out of bounds, outlawed, outside the law, prohibited, punishable by law, quod contra leges fit, taboo, triable, unallowed, unauthorized, unconstitutional, under ban, unlawful, unlegalized, unlegislated, unprincipled, unsanctioned, unseemly, unwarrantable, unwarranted, wicked, without authority, wrong, wrongful
Associated concepts: illicit cohabitation, illicit relations, illicit relationship, illicit trade
See also: illegal, illegitimate, immoral, impermissible, improper, irregular, unlawful, wrongful

ILLICIT. What is unlawful what is forbidden by the law. Vide Unlawful.
     2. This word is frequently used in policies of insurance, where the assured warrants against illicit trade. By illicit trade is understood that "which is made unlawful by the laws of the country to which the object is bound." The assured having entered into this warranty, is required to do no act which will expose the vessel to be legally condemned. 2 L. R. 337, 338. Vide Insurance; Trade; Warranty.

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This indicates two reasons that support the moral illicitness of embryo adoption.
19) These statutory provisions, however, constitute the broader history of when, at different moments in the past, legal actors have attempted to resolve the core quandary that the Court confronted in Lawrence: how to draw an intelligible legal line between sexual licitness and illicitness against a messy backdrop of diverse social practices and noisy cultural commentary.
Significantly, the kings of the second sequence are virtually free of the sexual illicitness we have been considering.
Where Wordsworth's lover bends his way to Lucy's cottage, Marshak injects a hint of illicitness by having his lover rush to a rendezvous with her.
Love can transcend, continues this poetic vision, only if it liberates, to the point of transgression and illicitness.
Seduction and even a sense of illicitness quickly puts the spark back in an ongoing sexual relationship.
Meynell's numerous juxtapositions of these motifs imply the illicitness of poetic composition, an illicitness that is bred of voluntary repression and is erotic rather than oppressive to the poet.
One notices again that it is not quite clear whether it is the illicitness of the point of contact (connection) or the lack of such ("unassimilated persistence"), that is the problem.
The empirical data show that scrambling of indefinites triggers a shift in semantic interpretation: indefinites to the left of adverbs always have a generic reading (notice the illicitness of the event-specifying locative in [3b]), while indefinites to the right of adverbs are existentially bound.
With equal frequency, Margery was accused of sexual illicitness, illness or madness (particularly demonic possession), and heresy.
It is only its abuse that is reprehensible' ([sections] 97); and say further that `In regard to tobacco as well, the ethical illicitness is not in its use but in its abuse' ([sections] 99).
J Burnley, in writing about Bradford night life in the 1870s, argued that the attraction of the Lambert vaults to the youths of respectable families was partly their illicitness, because "it is so delicious to do things sub rosa; to feel that you are a rollicking ram, a jolly dog or a midnight rake.