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Meaning of illegal by Wiktionary Dictionary

illegal


    Etymology

    From il- ( an assimilated version of in- ) + legal. In senses relating to immigration, via clipping from illegal alien or illegal immigrant .

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: ĭ.lēʹgl
      Rhymes: -iːɡəl

    Adjective

    illegal ( comparative more illegal, superlative most illegal )

    1. ( law ) Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law .
    2. Not permitted by rules
      Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess .
    3. ( philately, of an issue printed for collectors ) Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country .
    4. ( of an immigrant ) Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally .

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    Noun

    illegal ( plural: illegals )

    1. ( colloquial, derogatory ) An illegal immigrant .
    2. An illegal resident spy.


Explanation of illegal by Wordnet Dictionary

illegal


    Adjective
    1. prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

    2. an illegal chess move