Definition of unlawfully in US English:

unlawfully

adverb

  • In a manner that is not permitted or recognized by law or the rules.

    ‘he acted unlawfully in refusing to disclose the report’
    ‘circumstances suggest she was unlawfully killed’
    • ‘The law prohibits the breaking of a protective device in a way that unlawfully obtains access to the data.’
    • ‘A private detective was fined for unlawfully obtaining information relating to "vulnerable women" from medical centres.’
    • ‘They last week arrested 18 people for allegedly selling pharmaceutical drugs unlawfully over the Internet.’
    • ‘Fifteen customers have had small amounts of money unlawfully charged to their credit card accounts.’
    • ‘The claim that positive discrimination is being unlawfully applied comes up in a number of forms.’

Pronunciation

unlawfully

/ˌənˈlɔfəli//ˌənˈlôfəlē/