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illegal

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adjective il·le·gal \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gəl\

Definition of illegal

  1. :  not according to or authorized by law :  unlawful, illicit; also :  not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

illegality

play \ˌi-li-ˈga-lə-tē\ noun

illegally

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gə-lē\ adverb

Examples of illegal in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of illegal

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French illegal, from Medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- + legalis legal


First Known Use: 1538


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illegal

noun il·le·gal

Definition of illegal

sometimes disparaging + offensive

  1. :  a person who enters or lives in a country without the documentation required for legal entry or residence

1939

First Known Use of illegal

1939



ILLEGAL Defined for English Language Learners

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illegal

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adjective il·le·gal \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gəl\

Definition of illegal for English Language Learners

  • : not allowed by the law : not legal

  • : not allowed by the rules in a game


ILLEGAL Defined for Kids

illegal

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adjective il·le·gal \i-ˈlē-gəl\

Definition of illegal for Students

  1. :  not allowed by the laws or rules He was arrested for illegal activities. The team made an illegal play.

illegally

\i-ˈlē-gə-lē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

illegal

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adjective il·le·gal \il-ˈlē-gəl\

Legal Definition of illegal

  1. :  contrary to or in violation of a law :  illicit, unlawful an illegal contract

illegally

adverb


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