What does contraband mean?

Definitions for contraband
ˈkɒn trəˌbændcon·tra·band

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contraband(adj)

    goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law

  2. bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled(adj)

    distributed or sold illicitly

    "the black economy pays no taxes"

Wiktionary

  1. contraband(Noun)

    any goods which are illicit or illegal to possess

  2. contraband(Noun)

    goods which are prohibited from being traded, smuggled goods

  3. contraband(Noun)

    A black slave during the American Civil War who had escaped to, or been captured by, Union forces.

  4. contraband(Adjective)

    prohibited from being traded

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contraband(noun)

    illegal or prohibited traffic

    Etymology: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]

  2. Contraband(noun)

    goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden

    Etymology: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]

  3. Contraband(noun)

    a negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered contraband of war

    Etymology: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]

  4. Contraband(adj)

    prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade

    Etymology: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]

  5. Contraband(verb)

    to import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle

    Etymology: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]

  6. Contraband(verb)

    to declare prohibited; to forbid

    Etymology: [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]

Freebase

  1. Contraband

    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

  1. Contraband

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. contraband

    The ship is involved in the legal fate of the cargo; the master should therefore be careful not to take any goods on board without all custom-house duties being paid up, and see that they be not prohibited by parliament or public proclamation. Contraband is simply defined, "merchandise forbidden by the law of nations to be supplied to an enemy;" but it affords fat dodges to the admiralty court sharks.

Rap Dictionary

  1. contraband(noun)

    Contraband is an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada duo made up of Yak Ballz and Double Dick. They are from the city's south side.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contraband in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contraband in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of contraband in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Miller:

    The problem with the statement that youre apprehending 80 or 90 percent of drugs at ports of entry -- thats like saying you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports, you apprehend the contraband there because thats where you have the people, the screeners. I assure you if we had screeners of that same density across every single inch and mile of the southern border, youd have more drugs interdicted in those areas.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    We talk about technology. Several hundred million dollars for the technology to scan the cars coming through the ports of entry and that is to detect guns, its like an electronic dog almost to detect drugs, guns and contraband.

  3. Justin Paperny:

    He'll be in with a much different population, and he needs to be sure he doesn't make life there worse. And believe me, matters can be made much worse if, for example, he's associating with the wrong prisoners, smuggling in contraband or associating with guards.

  4. Susan McNaughton:

    No drugs or contraband or influence of escape, if it clears through the mailroom, it's delivered to the inmate.

  5. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling:

    It’s a clear message to folks that want to deliver contraband or are up to ill intent, or are on our property.

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