What does illegal mean?

Definitions for illegal
ɪˈli gəlil·le·gal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word illegal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. illegaladjective

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

    "an illegal chess move"


  1. illegalnoun

    An illegal immigrant.

  2. illegalnoun

    An illegal resident spy.

  3. illegaladjective

    Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

  4. illegaladjective

    Not permitted by rules

    Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.

  5. illegaladjective

    Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.

  6. illegaladjective

    Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Illegaladjective

    Contrary to law.

    Etymology: in and legalis, Latin.

    No patent can oblige the subject against law, unless an illegal patent passed in one kingdom can bind another, and not itself. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illegaladjective

    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

  2. Etymology: [Pref. il- not + legal: cf. F. illgal.]


  1. Illegal

    "Illegal" is the third and final single released from Shakira's second English language studio album, Oral Fixation Vol. 2. It features celebrated Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana. The song was released right after the massive worldwide success of "Hips Don't Lie". The radio release for "Illegal" in the United States and Canada was on November 14, 2006. The music video for the song premiered on November 16, 2006 on MTV's Total Request Live and debuted the next day at #9. It became a hit in countries like Latvia, and Ukraine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illegal

    il-lē′gal, adj. contrary to law.—v.t. Illē′galīse, to render unlawful.—n. Illegal′ity, the quality or condition of being illegal.—adv. Illē′gally.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3866

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4792

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Adjectives Frequency: #515

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of illegal in a Sentence

  1. Lucas Watterson:

    The problem is when one of these drugs is banned or illegal, the drug manufacturer responds by producing a number of different alternatives, it's sort of a flavor of the month.

  2. Carlos Soto:

    I'm very worried about Venezuela because there's no sanitary conditions and that means they could have the fungus and not even know it, and with such a porous border, illegal commerce and migration, it could be dangerous.

  3. Matteo Salvini:

    They should know that Italy no longer wants to be an accomplice in the business of illegal immigration and therefore they will have to aim for other, non-Italian, ports.

  4. Donald Trump:

    The Democrats don't care about what their extremist immigration agenda will do to your communities, to your hospitals -- what about your hospitals and to your schools, the Democrats don't care that a flood of illegal immigration will bankrupt our country.

  5. Margaret Spring:

    We are encouraged that the Trans-Pacific Partnership sets a new bar for ocean conservation measures in a trade agreement by including specific provisions to encourage sustainable fisheries management, fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, protect sharks and other key marine species, and eliminate harmful fishing subsidies.

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  • غير شرعيArabic
  • il·legalCatalan, Valencian
  • ilegálníCzech
  • illegal, rechtswidrigGerman
  • άνομος, λαθρομετανάστης, έκνομος, απαγορευμένος, παράνομοςGreek
  • ilegalSpanish
  • ebaseaduslikEstonian
  • laiton, [[laiton]] [[maahanmuuttaja]], vastainenFinnish
  • illégal, sans-papiersFrench
  • neamhdhleathachIrish
  • ilícitoGalician
  • 不法入国者, 違法, 不法Japanese
  • უკანონოGeorgian
  • derqanûn, yasax, qedexe, qaçax, memnûh, neqanûnîKurdish
  • нелегален, противзаконски, неправилен, незаконски, незаконит, недозволен, илегаленMacedonian
  • illegaal, onwettig, strafbaar, sans-papiersDutch
  • ilegalPortuguese
  • ilegal, nelegalRomanian
  • [[нелега́льный]] [[иммигра́нт]], нелега́льный, неве́рный, неправоме́рный, непра́вильный, нелега́лка, [[нелегальный, нелега́л, незако́нныйRussian
  • lagstridig, olaglig, illegalSwedish
  • haramuSwahili
  • yasa dışıTurkish
  • bất hợp phápVietnamese

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. condemn
    • B. jeopardize
    • C. acclaim
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