Immoral and Unlawful


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Immoral adjective – Not conforming to a high moral standard; morally unacceptable.
Usage example: blatantly immoral behavior by members of the clergy that should not be tolerated by the community

Unlawful and immoral are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Unlawful" instead an adjective "Immoral".
Nearby Words: immorality, immorally
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Unlawful adjective – Contrary to or forbidden by law.
Usage example: it is unlawful to set off fireworks within the city limits

Immoral and unlawful are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Immoral" instead an adjective "Unlawful".
Nearby Words: unlawfulness, unlawfully
Synonyms for Unlawful

Things that words describes

action immoral action unlawful action
people immoral people unlawful people
order immoral order unlawful order
means immoral means unlawful means
Other nouns: act, actions, behavior, activities, orders, methods, practices, acts, procedures.

Both words in one sentence

  • The Internal Reformist in effect uses Gandhi-style peaceful protest, refusing to participate in immoral or unlawful activities and continuing to do what's right no matter how much the system throws at them in an attempt to make them give in.
  • Inspector Javert Letting Valjean go is moral, but unlawful; imprisoning him again is lawful, but immoral.
  • To let Valjean go free would be unlawful, while arresting him would be immoral.
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Unlawful or Immoral. 2016. Accessed September 28, 2020.

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