Illicit is an adjective that is used to describe that which is forbidden by law, rules, or custom. Unlicensed, unlawful. Disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.


  1. The group of young individuals were given prison sentences for supplying ‘illicit’ drugs.
  2. He got himself caught up in ‘illicit’ habits, which could have led to his life being ruined if he hadn’t gotten out in time.
  3. She purchased an ‘illicit’ piece of software and was given a warning for this action, which if repeated could lead to a criminal offence.

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