• WordNet 3.6
    • adj illegal prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules "an illegal chess move"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Chillicothe, Ohio it is illegal to throw rice at weddings.
    • a Illegal 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Halethrope, Maryland kisses longer than one second are illegal.
    • illegal Not legal; contrary to law; unlawful; illicit: as, an illegal act; illegal commerce. It usually implies substantial contravention of law, as distinguished from mere irregularity in procedure, and from error in judicial decision.
    • illegal Synonyms Illegal, Felonious, etc. (See criminal.) Unlawful, Illegitimate, etc. (See lawful.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Joliet, Illinois it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet.
    • adj Illegal il-lē′gal contrary to law
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  • Henry Kissinger
    “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
  • Policeman
    “We're talking scum here. Air should be illegal if they breathe it.”
  • Alexander Woollcott
    Alexander Woollcott
    “All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
  • Andrew Young
    “Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. il-, not + legal,: cf. F. illégal,


In literature:

Most of the Southern States rather tardily passed the necessary supplementary acts disposing of illegally imported Africans.
"The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America" by W. E. B. Du Bois
I turned to the letter; it was all but a pulp, and in its present state illegible.
"Dead Man's Rock" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
If it's a Class-IV planet, the Zarathustra Company is illegally chartered.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
My Lords, we have asserted in our charge that this delegation and division of power was illegal.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
She voluntarily gave a vote which was illegal, and thus is subject to the penalty of the law.
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous
There's absolutely nothing illegal about a writer's using a pen name.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
Neither was the entry tortious nor was the arrest which followed in any sense illegal.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Am I false when I say that her father acts illegally in detaining her?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
They are not a brave and rash people, deluded by bad men, who are attempting in an illegal way to wreck the Union.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
There's too blasted much illegal assassination going on!
"Last Enemy" by Henry Beam Piper

In poetry:

That he contrary to all law,
An oath did frame and make,
Compelling the militia
Th' illegal oath to take.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Illegibility of this
World. All twice-over. Robust Clocks
agree the Cracked-Hour,
hoarsely. You, clamped in your Depths,
climb out of yourself
for ever.
"Illegibility" by Paul Celan
My philosophy's clear;
My morality, too;
Tho' my rivals may sneer
At the things that I do.
If at present, for me, war's illegal --
It must be illegal for you!
"The Criminal War" by C J Dennis
We are human, I trust;
And to decency wed.
Let's have war, if we must;
But at present I dread
What crimes may come out of the carnage,
If blood be illegally shed.
"The Criminal War" by C J Dennis

In news:

Economic, demographic and social changes in Mexico are suppressing illegal immigration as much as the poor economy or legal crackdowns in the United States.
People walk near Toyota Motor Corp's Durban car factory , which has been forced to shut down for four days due to an illegal pay strike by employees, in Durban.
TRENTON—The man who allegedly tried to carjack two 94- and 93-year-old sisters in Hamilton last month has been deemed a flight risk because he may be in the US illegally, a prosecutor said today.
Immigration courts still behind on caseload , Sergio Romo's 'illegal' t-shirt, more.
Illegal tracks could cost state plenty.
Elaborate marijuana gardens, created and managed by Mexican drug lords, are turning California's public lands into a dangerous, illegal, industrial-style landscape.
Calvin Ayre has gotten very rich by taking illegal bets over the Internet.
Illegal and even legal activities in central Africa n forests, such as logging and mining, that carve out new access as well as attract new people who also crave meat.
WHY MEETING PLANNERS NEED MP3 If you've heard of MP3, it's probably in the context of illegally downloaded pop music.
Investigators say the suspects were working out of a legitimate business -- but running an illegal operation.
The Colorado Wildlife Defense is asking for a ban on all new elk game farms and wants to make it illegal to shoot elk or deer inside pens.
Eye Candy Showgirls on Bay Blvd is causing a stir among city officials who say the business is operating illegally.
Atheist Group Says Prayers at Vols Games are Illegal.
Officials order cleanup of illegal dumping.
Department of Homeland Security Releases Illegal Immigrant Data to Congress.

In science:

This can be done by undoing the illegal Wick rotation, as has been shown by Berera , again for the one-loop closed-string amplitude.
Factorization in Dual Models and Functional Integration in String Theory
Mathematically, this is due to the fact that there is nothing illegal in ”neighborhood” on an OST violating translational invariance; thus, similarly, there is nothing illegal for a neighborhood on a PST to violate Lorentz covariance, either.
Causal set as a discretized phase spacetime
This is never specified as a fault in java, even though the constraint is violated. Hence our module deals with this constraint specifying that the use of ==operator to equal two strings is illegal. An example program for Lvalue required, given in figure 5 has two string variables d and e.
Fault Predictions in Object Oriented Software
Illegal access to your bank account will hit you with a direct financial loss.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
Violation of the precondition indicates that the test system tried to perform an illegal call to the interface function.
Model-Based Testing of Safety Critical Real-Time Control Logic Software