Definitions for illegal
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word illegal.
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
"an illegal chess move"
An illegal immigrant.
An illegal resident spy.
Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
Not permitted by rules
Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.
Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
Illegal is a song recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005). It was written and produced by Shakira and Lester Mendez and it features Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana. Epic Records released the song as the album's third and final single on 6 November 2006, following the release of "Hips Don't Lie". "Illegal" is a pop and country ballad with lyrics concerning mourning of a past lover complete with an understated vocal performance by Shakira and an electric guitar riff by Santana throughout. It received mixed reviews from music critics, who compared it with Alanis Morissette's material and were mixed towards Santana's contribution. The song achieved moderate success, topping the chart in Romania and the US Dance Club Songs chart and peaking within the top ten in Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary and Switzerland among other countries. The music video for the song, co-directed by Jaume de Laiguana and Shakira, had its premiere on 16 November 2006 on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL). It features the singer portraying a girlfriend of a boxer and follows a similar storyline to the song's lyrics. "Illegal" has been performed by the singer live on few occasions, such as during the MTV 5 Star event (2005) and Good Morning America (2006).
Illegal refers to something that is prohibited or not authorized by law, often involving actions that can be punishable by law if committed.
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.]
"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
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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Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3866
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Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4792
Rank popularity for the word 'illegal' in Adjectives Frequency: #515
The numerical value of illegal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of illegal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Chain letters are not illegal. What is illegal is to threaten lives in such letters or solicit money.
When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.
It is not very easy to close all illegal mining and it is very easy for illegal miners to steal from the mines. Costs are low, the mines are scattered and some local governments also protect illegal miners.
Illegal immigration funds criminal networks, ruthless gangs and the flow of deadly drugs. Illegal immigration exploits vulnerable populations, hurts hard-working citizens and has produced a vicious cycle of crime, violence and poverty. Only by upholding national borders, destroying criminal gangs, can we break this cycle and establish a real foundation for prosperity.
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
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- غير شرعيArabic
- il·legalCatalan, Valencian
- illegal, rechtswidrigGerman
- άνομος, λαθρομετανάστης, έκνομος, απαγορευμένος, παράνομοςGreek
- laiton, [[laiton]] [[maahanmuuttaja]], vastainenFinnish
- illégal, sans-papiersFrench
- 不法入国者, 違法, 不法Japanese
- derqanûn, yasax, qedexe, qaçax, memnûh, neqanûnîKurdish
- нелегален, противзаконски, неправилен, незаконски, незаконит, недозволен, илегаленMacedonian
- illegaal, onwettig, strafbaar, sans-papiersDutch
- ilegal, nelegalRomanian
- [[нелега́льный]] [[иммигра́нт]], нелега́льный, неве́рный, неправоме́рный, непра́вильный, нелега́лка, [[нелегальный, нелега́л, незако́нныйRussian
- lagstridig, olaglig, illegalSwedish
- yasa dışıTurkish
- bất hợp phápVietnamese
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