Synonyms and Antonyms of illegal
1 contrary to or forbidden by law <it is illegal to import those birds into this country> Synonyms criminal, felonious, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, wrongful Related Words bad, evil, immoral, shameful, sinful, unethical, wicked, wrong; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, reprehensible; banned, barred, contraband, criminalized, disallowed, discouraged, forbidden, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed; adulterine, bootleg, unauthorized, unlicensed, unsanctioned; under-the-counter, under-the-table; corrupt, unprincipled, unscrupulous, villainous Near Antonyms ethical, good, just, principled, right, righteous, virtuous; allowed, permitted; authorized, licensed; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, suggested, supported; correct, decent, decorous, proper, seemly Antonyms lawful, legal, legitimate
2 not being in accordance with the rules or standards of what is fair in sport <an illegal pass> Synonyms dirty, foul, nasty, unfair, unsportsmanlikeRelated Words dishonorable, shabby, shameful; ignoble, low, mean, ungentlemanly; immoral, rotten, unchivalrous, unethical, unjust, unprincipled, unrighteous, unscrupulousNear Antonyms just, law-abiding; ethical, moral, principled, righteous, scrupulous; honorable, irreproachable, unimpeachableAntonyms clean, fair, legal, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly
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