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. illegal(adj)

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

    "an illegal chess move"

Wiktionary

  1. illegal(Noun)

    An illegal immigrant.

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

  2. illegal(Noun)

    An illegal resident spy.

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

  3. illegal(Adjective)

    Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

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

  4. illegal(Adjective)

    Not permitted by rules

    Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.

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

  5. illegal(Adjective)

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

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

  6. illegal(Adjective)

    Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illegal(adj)

    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

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

Freebase

  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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    Song lyrics by illegal -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by illegal on the Lyrics.com website.

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

How to pronounce illegal?

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How to say illegal in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly:

    We will remain vigilant to respond to any changes in these trends, as numbers of illegal crossings typically increase between March and May, however, the early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact.

  2. Accessible Medicines:

    We take all instances of illegal behavior seriously. Anyone convicted of violating these laws should be punished appropriately, vigorous, ethical competition is the foundation of the generic drug and biosimilar industry. Competition allows our companies to drive enormous savings and pass them on to patients, taxpayers and health care payors.

  3. Rudolph Giuliani:

    There is nothing illegal about that. Even if it comes from a Russian or a German or American, it doesn't matter.

  4. Vice President Biden:

    We've got to get tougher with employers. In fact the person we should send to jail is not the illegals, we send to jail the employers, if you knowingly hire an illegal alien, then you should be held accountable. Because let me tell you, the next person I hear tell me that my labor guys aren't willing to work hard, that's why you have illegals putting up sheetrock, then I want to tell you, you don't know my guys.

  5. Guy Philippe:

    I will come to Port-au-Prince and I will come in good shape. I will retaliate if necessary. If they try to arrest me I will retaliate, because it is illegal.

Images & Illustrations of illegal

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Translations for illegal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • غير شرعيArabic
  • il·legalCatalan, Valencian
  • ilegálníCzech
  • rechtswidrig, illegalGerman
  • άνομος, έκνομος, παράνομος, λαθρομετανάστης, απαγορευμένοςGreek
  • ilegalSpanish
  • ebaseaduslikEstonian
  • [[laiton]] [[maahanmuuttaja]], vastainen, laitonFinnish
  • sans-papiers, illégalFrench
  • neamhdhleathachIrish
  • ilícitoGalician
  • 違法, 不法, 不法入国者Japanese
  • უკანონოGeorgian
  • qaçax, yasax, memnûh, qedexe, derqanûn, neqanûnîKurdish
  • недозволен, илегален, незаконит, незаконски, неправилен, нелегален, противзаконскиMacedonian
  • illegaal, onwettig, sans-papiers, strafbaarDutch
  • ilegalPortuguese
  • ilegal, nelegalRomanian
  • [[нелега́льный]] [[иммигра́нт]], неве́рный, непра́вильный, нелега́лка, незако́нный, нелега́л, [[нелегальный, неправоме́рный, нелега́льныйRussian
  • lagstridig, illegal, olagligSwedish
  • haramuSwahili
  • yasa dışıTurkish
  • bất hợp phápVietnamese

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