illicit illicit  /ɪ ˈlɪ sət/


  1. (adj) contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention
  2. (adj) contrary to or forbidden by law



  • The illicit trade of bootlegging carried on right under the eyes of the authorities till the hooch tragedy struck and the trade came out in the open.


  1. RI Senate to vote on broad synthetic drug ban

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In an attempt to stay ahead of illicit drug chemists, the Rhode Island Senate is set to vote on a proposal to broadly ban synthetic recreational chemicals sold as fake marijuana and bath salts.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. ECB Crisis Plan Court Probe Focuses on Limits to Monetary Policy

    German top judges examining the European Central Bank’s plan to buy bonds of crisis-torn countries asked whether the operation crosses the line from legitimate monetary policy to illicit state financing.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Manning's lawyers dispute illicit software charges

    Fort Meade (AFP) Maryland (AFP) June 10, 2013 US Army Private Bradley Manning's defense team sought Monday to cast doubt on some of the charges he faces for passing hundreds of thousands of secret government files to WikiLeaks. At the start of the second week of Manning's trial, the court heard that one software program he is said to have illicitly added to his army computer while stationed in ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Space War

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