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illicit

il·lic·it

illicit

 
 
pronunciation:
ih lI siht
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not permitted by custom or law; illegitimate.
His illicit stock market dealings eventually got him into trouble.Marriage to a first cousin is illicit in a number of U.S. states.The senator's wife had been unaware that he had been having an illicit relationship with one of his aides.
synonyms:
banned, forbidden, illegal, illegitimate, outlawed, proscribed, unlawful
antonyms:
lawful, legal, legitimate, licit
similar words:
criminal, unconstitutional, under-the-counter, under-the-table, wildcat
derivations: illicitly (adv.), illicitness (n.)
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The word illicit contains the following part:
il-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix il-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with "l," such as "leg." See in-2