From un- (“lack or absence of”) + law
unlaw (usually uncountable, plural unlaws)
- (obsolete) a crime, an illegal action
- Absence of law; lawlessness
- 2012, Read I. Myers, The Great Canadian Oligarchy: Flaws in Our Freedoms:
- In regard to abortion we are now lawless. The law of the land is no law at all; that is, unlaw reigns.
- (obsolete) A fine exacted from a transgressor of the law.
From un- (“reversal, undoing”) + law.
unlaw (third-person singular simple present unlaws, present participle unlawing, simple past and past participle unlawed)
- (transitive) To deprive of the authority or character of law.
- (transitive) To put beyond the protection of the law; to outlaw.
- (transitive, obsolete, Scotland, law) to fine