how to pronounce unlawful


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the above transcription of unlawful is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

unlawful is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of unlawful in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… not only is it unlawful it's morally …”

meanings of unlawful


  1. Prohibited; not permitted by law (either civil or criminal law; see illegal).

unlawful frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word unlawful occurs in english on average 2.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics unlawful can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that unlawful can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words that rhyme with unlawful


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