illicit

elicit, illicit
Confusion arises occasionally because both words are pronounced the same way (i-lis-it). Elicit is a verb meaning ‘to draw out or evoke (an answer, admission, etc.)’ whereas illicit is an adjective meaning ‘unlawful, forbidden’.
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illegal, illegitimate, illicit, unlawful
The different meanings of these words correspond to the meanings of legal, legitimate, licit (now rarely used), and lawful. Something is illegal when it is in all circumstances against the law, illicit when it is in some circumstances against the law or prohibited in some way, and illegitimate when it is contrary to custom or common justice as well as (or instead of) contrary to the law. Unlawful is a somewhat old-fashioned word for illegal and refers to divine as well as human law. See further at legal, lawful.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • illicit — il·lic·it /il li sət/ adj: not permitted: unlawful an illicit motive to defeat or evade the taxes In re Haas, 48 F.3d 1153 (1995) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Illicit — may refer to:* illicit antiquities* illicit drug trade ** illicit drug use ** Illicit Drug Anti Proliferation Act* illicit major * illicit minor * illicit work * Illicit Streetwear clothing companyee also*valid but illicit …   Wikipedia

  • illicit — il‧li‧cit [ɪˈlɪst] adjective LAW not allowed by laws or rules, or strongly disapproved of by society: • Officials are hoping prosecution of certain gun dealers will curb illicit sales. • They were convicted of racketeering and were ordered to… …   Financial and business terms

  • Illicit — Il*lic it, a. [L. illicitus; pref. il not + licitus, p. p. of licere to be allowed or permitted: cf. F. illicite. See {In } not, and {License}.] Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as, illicit trade; illicit intercourse; illicit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Illicit — Données clés Titre original Illicit Réalisation Archie Mayo Scénario Harvey F. Thew Acteurs principaux Barbara Stanwyck James Rennie Sociétés de production Warn …   Wikipédia en Français

  • illicit — (adj.) c.1500, from O.Fr. illicite (14c.) unlawful, forbidden, from L. illicitus not allowed, unlawful, illegal, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + licitus lawful, pp. of licere to be allowed (see LICENCE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • illicit — *unlawful, illegal, illegitimate Antonyms: licit Contrasted words: *lawful, legal, legitimate: sanctioned, endorsed, approved (see APPROVE): permitted, allowed (see LET) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • illicit — [adj] not legal; forbidden adulterous, black market*, bootleg*, clandestine, contraband, contrary to law, criminal, crooked, dirty*, felonious, furtive, guilty, heavy*, illegal, illegitimate, immoral, improper, in violation of law, lawless, out… …   New thesaurus

  • illicit — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ forbidden by law, rules, or custom. DERIVATIVES illicitly adverb. ORIGIN Latin illicitus, from in not + licitus allowed …   English terms dictionary

  • illicit — [i lis′it] adj. [Fr illicite < L illicitus, not allowed: see IN 2 & LICIT] not allowed by law, custom, rule, etc.; unlawful; improper; prohibited; unauthorized illicitly adv. illicitness n …   English World dictionary

  • Illicit — Filmdaten Originaltitel Illicit Produktionsland USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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