goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled(adj)
distributed or sold illicitly
"the black economy pays no taxes"
any goods which are illicit or illegal to possess
goods which are prohibited from being traded, smuggled goods
A black slave during the American Civil War who had escaped to, or been captured by, Union forces.
prohibited from being traded
illegal or prohibited traffic
goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden
a negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered contraband of war
prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade
to import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle
to declare prohibited; to forbid
Origin: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]
The word contraband, reported in English since 1529, from Medieval French contrebande "a smuggling," denotes any item which, relating to its nature, is illegal to be possessed or sold. Used for goods that by their nature, e.g. too dangerous or offensive in the eyes of the legislator are forbidden, and for so-called derivative contraband, i.e. goods that may normally be owned but are liable to be seized because they were used in committing an unlawful act and hence begot illegally, such as: ⁕Smuggling goods ⁕stolen goods – knowingly participating in their trade is an offense in itself, called fencing ⁕the fruits of fraud, forgery etc.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon′tra-band, adj. contrary to law: prohibited.—n. illegal traffic: prohibition: prohibited goods.—ns. Con′trabandism, trafficking in contraband goods; Con′trabandist, a smuggler.—Contraband of war, a name applied to certain commodities, as military stores, and even coal in an age of war steamers, not to be supplied by neutral to belligerent powers. [Sp. contrabanda—It. contrabbando—L. contra, against, L. L. bandum, ban.]
The numerical value of contraband in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of contraband in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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Prison guards who violate security procedures by smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates undermine that safety and make an inherently dangerous environment more dangerous.
They are used for terrorist attacks, but they are also used to smuggle arms and contraband, we have learned that these tunnels are being used well beyond Israel. Korea is another example -- tunnels have been found in North Korea. Here at home, more than 150 tunnels have been found since 2009.
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