What is a more formal equivalent to "seriously out of line"? In the particular case I'm looking for, I've been advised that what I'm referring to is seriously out of line legally, but the question is general.

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    Why not just forbidden? – bib Mar 13 '14 at 17:54
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    Are you talking about bad behavior? Flouting the law? Violence? Harassment? Stalking? More context would help. – Bradd Szonye Mar 13 '14 at 18:42
  • I'm looking for a general term or phrase, not specific to the legal context. – jwood34 Mar 13 '14 at 19:37

In everyday, non-legal language, "beyond the pale" is probably the best match. But it's hard to say, when you've given no context.


Simply unacceptable. Or totally unacceptable (the adjective-modifier is really the equivalent of an exclamation mark here, purely pragmatic).


How about

Extremely illegal ?

Although there's allegedly no grey areas in the law, so "illegal" might even do the job you're looking for.


"wrong" fits the bill. This is the word that "out of line" is trying to avoid saying.


I think woefully inappropriate fits the meaning exactly.

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