Definition of illicit in English:



  • Forbidden by law, rules, or custom.

    ‘illicit drugs’
    ‘illicit sex’
    • ‘Drugs are illegal and illicit because they do incredible harm and no good whatsoever.’
    • ‘Recent authority for illicit conduct of this nature dictates penitentiary time.’
    • ‘Nor are these the only incidents in which police have been said to be actively involved in an illicit trade.’
    • ‘The city of Taurio is a place of drugs, illicit liquor and vice of all kinds.’
    • ‘Hence it is brought to one of 60 illicit processing laboratories dotted around the Khyber Pass.’
    • ‘The judge replied that Campbell's therapy was to keep her off illicit drugs.’
    • ‘If you make it legal and normal, most of them would move onto something else illegal and illicit.’
    • ‘Copy protection, especially to prevent overseas piracy for illicit sale, is an important issue.’
    • ‘Under the legislation, the object of confiscation is not punishment but the forfeiture of an illicit profit.’
    • ‘Pubs, clubs and people's homes were still the most common places for bootleggers to sell illicit goods.’
    • ‘Politically, the most important criminal industries are illicit trading in arms and in drugs.’
    • ‘Russian investigators in pursuit of illicit transfers were not always helped by foreign officialdom.’
    • ‘They will put an end to the illicit drug trade, and quash the insurgency and end violence in Colombia.’
    • ‘Every now and then, supply vehicles are sent out to get food, medicine and illicit black market goods.’
    • ‘I mean it is designed to dissuade young people from starting with illicit drugs.’
    • ‘Currently the sources for acquiring cannabis and hard drugs are one and the same - the illicit drug dealer.’
    • ‘There is a history of illicit drug use while in hospital which had some associations with the symptoms of his illness.’
    • ‘This in turn seems to have been associated with the rise of a large illicit distilling industry in the north and west of Ireland.’
    • ‘The villagers pledged to keep away from liquor and also shun illicit distillers from their area.’
    • ‘He also admitted to having been in possession of illicit drugs and related utensils.’
    illegal, unlawful, illegitimate, against the law
    taboo, forbidden, ruled out, impermissible, not acceptable, unacceptable, against the rules
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Early 16th century: from French, or from Latin illicitus, from in- not + licitus (see licit).