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ILLEGAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does illegal mean? 

ILLEGAL (adjective)
  The adjective ILLEGAL has 1 sense:

1. prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

  Familiarity information: ILLEGAL used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ILLEGAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

Context example:

an illegal chess move

Similar:

extralegal; nonlegal (not regulated or sanctioned by law)

penal; punishable (subject to punishment by law)

misbranded; mislabeled (branded or labeled falsely and in violation of statutory requirements)

ineligible (prohibited by official rules)

illegitimate; illicit; outlaw; outlawed; unlawful (contrary to or forbidden by law)

hot (recently stolen or smuggled)

unratified (lacking legal authority)

extrajudicial (beyond the usual course of legal proceedings; legally unwarranted)

embezzled; misappropriated (taken for your own use in violation of a trust)

dirty; ill-gotten (obtained illegally or by improper means)

criminal; felonious (involving or being or having the nature of a crime)

black; black-market; bootleg; contraband; smuggled (distributed or sold illicitly)

banned; prohibited (forbidden by law)

amerciable (of a crime or misdemeanor; punishable by a fine set by a judge)

under-the-counter (done or sold illicitly and secretly)

Also:

illegitimate (of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful)

irregular (contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice)

unlawful (contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law)

Attribute:

legality (lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute)

Antonym:

legal (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)


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