Adjective "illicit" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Forbidden by law, rules, or custom.
  1. 'illicit sex'
  2. 'The city of Taurio is a place of drugs, illicit liquor and vice of all kinds.'
  3. 'There is a history of illicit drug use while in hospital which had some associations with the symptoms of his illness.'
  4. 'Politically, the most important criminal industries are illicit trading in arms and in drugs.'
  5. 'Drugs are illegal and illicit because they do incredible harm and no good whatsoever.'
  6. 'I mean it is designed to dissuade young people from starting with illicit drugs.'
  7. 'Under the legislation, the object of confiscation is not punishment but the forfeiture of an illicit profit.'
  8. 'If you make it legal and normal, most of them would move onto something else illegal and illicit.'
  9. 'Recent authority for illicit conduct of this nature dictates penitentiary time.'
  10. 'Nor are these the only incidents in which police have been said to be actively involved in an illicit trade.'
  11. 'Currently the sources for acquiring cannabis and hard drugs are one and the same - the illicit drug dealer.'


1. not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful.

2. disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.

More examples(as adjective)

"drugs can be illicit."

"trades can be illicit."

"fundings can be illicit."

"enrichments can be illicit."

"funds can be illicit."

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Early 16th century: from French, or from Latin illicitus, from in- ‘not’ + licitus (see licit).