• WordNet 3.6
    • n illegality unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Arizona it is illegal to take naked photographs before noon on Sunday.
    • n Illegality The quality or condition of being illegal; unlawfulness; as, the illegality of trespass or of false imprisonment; also, an illegal act.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Baltimore it is illegal to mistreat oysters.
    • n illegality The condition or character of being illegal; unlawfulness: as, the illegality of trespass, or of arrest without warrant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In some smaller towns in the state of Arizona, it is illegal to wear suspenders.
    • n Illegality the quality or condition of being illegal
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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
Cf. F. illégalité,


In literature:

Their doctrine was that it was the Government that acted illegally, and not themselves.
"Looking Seaward Again" by Walter Runciman
Thus many interruptions to voting by the examination of voters at the polls, and much illegal voting, are prevented.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
At the same time the practice followed naturally upon the illegal nature of the tyrant's title.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
By craft and by illegal measures James continued to depress the Kirk.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
There are those who say that my acts off Syra were illegal, especially as to stopping the 'Enossis's' companions from leaving the port.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
He, so the report ran, would personally go to protest against the illegal surrender.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Thus they were resorting to illegal methods, exactly as the Socialists had done.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
But for every illegal entrant they apprehend, ten escape and are never rounded up.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
Exchange, of benefice illegal, 41.
"The Oldest Code of Laws in the World The code of laws promulgated by Hammurabi, King of Babylon B.C. 2285-2242" by Hammurabi, King of Babylon
Although they are illegal, pocket-books full of them are openly displayed in the market places.
"The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism" by Bertrand Russell

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:

Driver's licenses for some illegal immigrants flares into burning question .
Two men were arrested at a local bus station for having some illegal personal cargo.
PMMA is an augmentation drug that is neither illegal nor regulated, and is used by surgeons for bone reconstruction, police said.
Some of these weapons were illegal as recently as eight years ago.
For Illegal Immigrants, Greek Border Offers a Back Door to Europe.
Obama announced an administrative order that will allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work.
Was there a White House plot to illegally suppress votes in 2004.
Politics / News Wil Cardon 's Illegal Worker Problem.
Federal agents have arrested a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles employee they say scammed illegal immigrants out of money by promising to sell them driver's licenses.
He really, truly thinks he's an important national anti-illegal immigration authority.
On May 8, Betty Bowen of Pompano Beach, an 81-year-old white woman, made an illegal left turn into oncoming traffic on northbound State Road 7 in Tamarac and creamed a black man riding a motorcycle.
The database will help the state identify non-US citizens who are illegally registered to vote in Florida.
One of the local performers invited to Jay-Z's Labor Day concert on the Parkway has made a video showcasing dangerous dirt bike riding on the streets of Philadelphia, something the police considers illegal.
In Berkeley, authorities are looking for anyone who is parking illegally using a disabled placard and they are cracking down.
Berkeley authorities are looking for anyone who is parking illegally and using a disabled placard.

In science:

So, instead of this approach it is wiser to see which sets A and B could be ignored as illegal (producing illegal partitioning of the set MD).
On Ramsey Numbers
Parity protection in data paths. • Parity protection in key control structures, such as FSM and counters. • Illegal state detection for FSM and counters.
A Formal Verification Methodology for Checking Data Integrity
Our construction is novel in that it does not include any terms that induce legal-illegal clock transitions.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
However, it doesn’t have unique transition rules and thus requires large penalty terms for illegal clock states.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Since the terms in their Hamiltonian are no longer 5-local as in Kitaev’s proof in Section 1.3.2, the corresponding terms in H t prop do not only verify proper application of Ut , but also induce transitions from legal clock states into illegal ones.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation