adjective il·le·gal \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gəl\

: not allowed by the law : not legal

: not allowed by the rules in a game

Full Definition of ILLEGAL

:  not according to or authorized by law :  unlawful, illicit; also :  not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)
il·le·gal·i·ty \ˌi-li-ˈga-lə-tē\ noun
il·le·gal·ly \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gə-lē\ adverb

Examples of ILLEGAL

  1. In this state, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol.
  2. The team was penalized for an illegal play.

Origin of ILLEGAL

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French illegal, from Medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- + legalis legal
First Known Use: 1538

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi



Definition of ILLEGAL

:  an illegal immigrant

First Known Use of ILLEGAL



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