American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not authorized or permitted; prohibited; unlicensed; unlawful: as, illicit trade; illicit intercourse.
- Acting unlawfully; clandestine.
- Synonyms Unlawful, Illegitimate, etc. See lawful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful.
- adj. contrary to or forbidden by law
- adj. contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention
- From French illicite, from Latin illicitus, from in- 'not' + licet ("it is allowed") (Wiktionary)
- Latin illicitus : in-, not; see in-1 + licitus, lawful; see licit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term illicit device contained with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act is argued to be limited to pirate or counterfeit decoders and therefore does not include decoders procured in this manner.”
“Prosecution of those who require marihuana for medical purposes did not achieve any of the three objectives of the CDSA identified by the Crown: preventing harm, international treaty obligations, and control of the trade in illicit drugs.”
“Of course, there will be skeptics who will surmise that he had been involved in illicit activities which lead to his death.”
“Typically, the safety advice to travelers to Mexico is to avoid driving at night, don't wear flashy clothing or jewelry, don't engage in illicit conduct etc.”
“Bank Mellat officials have denied engaging in illicit business and have told Iranian state-owned media that the U.S. has never provided any evidence to back its claims.”
“The real fear over the bachelor girl was the state of her morals: a woman alone could engage in illicit relations with men and thus enjoy experiences formerly reserved for married women.”
“The Complaint alleges that the insider trading netted approximately $1 million in illicit profits by trading ahead of at least 11 mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate deals.”
“After being sued, Whitman tacitly admitted her fault, disgorging several million dollars in illicit profits.”
“U.S. agents had posed as arms buyers for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC. Bout has denied the charges of involvement in illicit arms trading to areas such as Africa, South America and the Middle East.”
“A recent report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa notes that 3% of Africa's public resources are diverted to private hands, and that the continent loses 60% in illicit capital flows to foreign tax havens.”
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