illegal

illegal, illegitimate, illicit, unlawful
The different meanings of these words correspond to the meanings of legal, legitimate, licit (now rarely used), and lawful. Something is illegal when it is in all circumstances against the law, illicit when it is in some circumstances against the law or prohibited in some way, and illegitimate when it is contrary to custom or common justice as well as (or instead of) contrary to the law. Unlawful is a somewhat old-fashioned word for illegal and refers to divine as well as human law. See further at legal, lawful.

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  • Illegal — Single por Shakira con Carlos Santana del álbum Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Lado B Obtener un sí Lanzado …   Wikipedia Español

  • illegal — il·le·gal /il lē gəl/ adj: contrary to or in violation of a law: illicit unlawful an illegal contract il·le·gal·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • illégal — illégal, ale, aux [ i(l)legal, o ] adj. • 1361; lat. médiév. illegalis, cf. 1. in et légal ♦ Qui n est pas légal; qui est contraire à la loi. ⇒ illicite , irrégulier. Exercice illégal de la médecine. Procédés illégaux. Détention illégale. ⊗ CONTR …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Illegal — Illegal, or unlawful, is used to describe something that is prohibited or not authorized by law or, more generally, by rules specific to a particular situation (such as a game).Illegal may also refer to:*Illegal (1932 film) *Illegal (1955 film)… …   Wikipedia

  • Illegal — Il*le gal, a. [Pref. il not + legal: cf. F. ill[ e]gal.] Not according to, or authorized by, law; specif., contrary to, or in violation of, human law; unlawful; illicit; hence, immoral; as, an illegal act; illegal trade; illegal love. Bp. Burnet …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illegal — (adj.) 1620s, from Fr. illégal or directly from M.L. illegalis, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + L. legalis (see LEGAL (Cf. legal)). Term illegal immigrant first recorded 1892 in American English (illegal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • illégal — illégal, ale (il lé gal, ga l ) adj. Qui est contre la loi. Des actes illégaux. •   Les liaisons entre les deux sexes étaient illégales ; on les souffrait, on les encourageait même, mais elles n étaient pas honorées de la bénédiction nuptiale,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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  • illegal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ contrary to or forbidden by law. DERIVATIVES illegality noun illegally adverb. USAGE Both illegal and unlawful can mean ‘contrary to or forbidden by law’, but unlawful has a broader meaning ‘not permitted by rules’: thus handball in …   English terms dictionary

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