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illegal

adjective il·le·gal \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gəl \

Definition of illegal

: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.

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Origin and Etymology of illegal

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

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illegal

noun

Definition of illegal

sometimes disparaging + offensive
:a person who enters or lives in a country without the documentation required for legal entry or residence

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ILLEGAL Defined for English Language Learners

illegal

adjective

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

adjective il·le·gal \ i-ˈlē-gəl \

Definition of illegal for Students

: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

adjective il·le·gal \ il-ˈlē-gəl \

legal Definition of illegal

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

illegally

adverb


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