One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an action or situation) beyond the authority of the law; not regulated by the law.‘there were extralegal means through which to render the NAACP impotent’
- ‘Furthermore, the elders never gave any indication of being aware that their actions were extralegal, if not illegal.’
- ‘These were extralegal considerations, irrelevant, impure.’
- ‘The side effect is an extralegal economy; for example, the ‘construction industry’ was slumping in Peru, yet concrete was being sold at a record rate because of the extralegal construction going on.’
- ‘Its participants drew on an American tradition of collective organization and crowd action which held extralegal activity to be legitimate when justice was otherwise elusive.’
- ‘The main extralegal means of tenure is squatting.’
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