Definition of Illegal

1. Adjective. Prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules. "An illegal chess move"

Definition of Illegal

1. a. Not according to, or authorized by, law; specif., contrary to, or in violation of, human law; unlawful; illicit; hence, immoral; as, an illegal act; illegal trade; illegal love.

Definition of Illegal

1. Adjective. (legal) Contrary to or forbidden by law, ''especially'' criminal law. ¹

2. Adjective. Not permitted by rules ¹

3. Adjective. (philately of an issue printed for collectors) Totally fictitious, and ''often'' issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of an immigrant) Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally. ¹

5. Noun. (colloquial derogatory) An illegal immigrant. ¹

6. Noun. An illegal resident spy. ¹

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Definition of Illegal

1. a person who enters a country without authorization [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Illegal

illative case
illative cases
illegal (current term)
illegal abortion
illegal alien
illegal aliens
illegal combatant
illegal formation
illegal forward kick
illegal immigrant
illegal immigrants
illegal number
illegal possession

Literary usage of Illegal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"There was no performance of the contract whatever by the Company, and only a part performance by Knowlton. agreed that an illegal contract partially ..."

2. Principles of the English Law of Contract and of Agency in Its Relation to by William Reynell Anson (1906)
"law.1 Such a case could only arise where the contract was to do a thing innocent in itself, but designed to promote an illegal purpose. ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"voluntary, in the legal sense, and the shipper may maintain his action for money had and received to recover back the illegal charge. ..."

4. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1866)
"It was, until lately, carried on by all the nations of Europe ; and a practice so sanctioned could only be rendered illegal on the principles of ..."

5. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Executory and executed illegal contracts. The illegality of a contract or sale may result ... A promise to do an illegal thing for a legal consideration is ..."

6. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1911)
"Page Fruit Products 255 Jelly 256 Legal 256 illegal 256 Jam 250 Legal 250 illegal 256 Fruit Butters and Canned Fruits 257 Legal 257 illegal 257 Honey 255 ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law of Agency in Contract and Tort: Including Special by George Louis Reinhard (1902)
"The legality of the subject-matter of the agency—Contracts in violation of positive law—In violation of public policy—What contracts are illegal. ..."

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