- 1. contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law: "illegal drugs" Similar Opposite
- 1. a person present in a country without official authorization. derogatory North American
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Definition of illegal. (Entry 1 of 2) : not according to or authorized by law : unlawful, illicit also : not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)
Illegal, unlawful, illegitimate, illicit, criminal can all describe actions not in accord with law. Illegal refers most specifically to violations of statutes or, in organized athletics, codified rules: an illegal seizure of property; an illegal block ( in football ).
il·le·gal 1. Prohibited by law. 2. Prohibited by official rules: an illegal pass in football. 3. Unacceptable to or not performable by a computer: an illegal operation.
illegal meaning: 1. not allowed by law: 2. someone who lives or works in another country when they do not have the…. Learn more.
illegal. 1) adj. in violation of statute, regulation or ordinance, which may be criminal or merely not in conformity. Thus, an armed robbery is illegal, and so is an access road which is narrower than the county allows, but the violation is not criminal.
Contrary to law; unlawful. 2. It is a general rule, that the law will never give its aid to a party who has entered into an illegal contract, whether the same be in direct violation of a statute, against public policy, or opposed to public morals..N Nor to a contract which is fraudulent, which affects the defendant or a third person.
a person who comes to live or work in a country that is not their own when they do not have the legal right to do this: They were breaking the law by employing illegal immigrants without papers. (Definition of illegal immigrant from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press) Examples of illegal immigrant