illegible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj illegible (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible "illegible handwriting"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alaska, it is illegal to look at a moose from a flying vehicle.
    • a Illegible Incapable of being read; not legible; as, illegible handwriting; an illegible inscription.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Arizona it is illegal to take naked photographs before noon on Sunday.
    • illegible Incapable of being read; obscure or defaced so as not to be decipherable; loosely, hard to read.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Atlanta, GA, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
    • adj Illegible il-lej′i-bl that cannot be read: indistinct
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Quotations

  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry%20Kissinger
    “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
  • Policeman
    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
    Richard%20M.%20Nixon
    “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
  • Andrew Young
    Andrew%20Young
    “Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it.”

Usage

In literature:

There would be little traffic in illegal liquor if only criminals patronized it.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
A number of the slips of paper were missing and the remainder were so crumpled that the pencil marks were nearly illegible.
"True to Himself" by Edward Stratemeyer
SAPIN (LA), a disreputable old woman at Magnolles who performed illegal operations and pretended to work magic.
"A Zola Dictionary" by J. G. Patterson
Dusk fell; I lit a candle with the greatest economy of movement and as much prudence as though it were an illegal proceeding.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
They use sometimes an illegal weight of glove and they sometimes hurt one another.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It's illegal, but it will work.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
His eyes, as he talked of you, shone like the secret hill-fires where the peasants make illegal drink.
"No Defense, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
I read the names of many other vessels; some of them I copied in my journal, others were illegible.
"Sailing Alone Around The World" by Joshua Slocum
The written tasks, absurd exercises, I scrawled off in the most careless and illegible handwriting.
"The Story of a Child" by Pierre Loti
Besides, most of the names were scrawled so illegibly, that some deceit was evidently intended.
"The Thirty Years War, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
Papa, you say the most illegal things sometimes.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
Deep flourishes and illegible handwriting should be avoided.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
But the Education Department has already told the gentleman from Steyning that any such proceeding will be illegal.
"Science and Education" by Thomas H. Huxley
By declaring the savages to be in every respect British subjects, it becomes illegal to treat them otherwise than such.
"The Bushman" by Edward Wilson Landor
Many, through cupidity, were tempted to enter into an illegal traffic with the seceded states.
"The Loyalists of Massachusetts" by James H. Stark
Several proofs might be adduced from records of arbitrary inquests for offences, and illegal modes of punishment.
"Constitutional History of England, Vol 1 of 3" by Henry Hallam
Holds the petition of right illegal, 122.
"Atrocious Judges" by John Campbell, Baron Campbell
On the other hand, the Press Gangs were accused of extorting money, and of making illegal arrests.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
Theft should not be confused with improper or illegal confiscation.
"Ifugao Law" by R. F. Burton
If Judas was not an accomplice, Jesus was innocent, and His arrest was an outrage, and therefore illegal.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
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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:

Jeremy Thompson, who has a shoulder injury, pleaded guilty in May in illegally using prescription drugs.
The Levy Report's conclusive findings: Israel is not an occupier, and the settlements are not illegal.
The former president of the Maldives was charged Monday with illegally ordering the arrest of a senior judge, escalating tensions on the Indian ocean island nation.
A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday condemned calls for his assassination as "absolutely outrageous and indeed illegal" and claimed remarks by Sarah Palin may prevent him from getting a fair trial in the United States.
Bobby Ferguson friend testifies how contractor hid illegal gains, bolstering case.
Bush Says the Clinton Administration Waged a Lackluster War on Illegal Drugs.
The Uintah County Commission has admitted that it illegally held a closed-door meeting about federal plans to reduce the amount of acreage available for commercial oil shale leasing.
PHOENIX — An Arizona sheriff known nationally for his hard-line stance on illegal immigration took the witness stand Tuesday and faced allegations.
It's also a widely popular but illegal club drug known as "Special K".
Firefighters battle flames, illegal fireworks.
Police are investigating allegations that staff at the Lebanese consul-general 's office in Sydney have been paid wages in cash and illegally claiming social security.
Trinity sheriff targets Prop 215 grows, says they're cover for illegal marijuana.
Jamie Francis/The Oregonian Flash mobs that engage in criminal activity are the target of a bill that would make it illegal to electronically summon two or more people to a designated place to do something that is against the law.
New Bill Would Criminalize Illegal TV Show Streaming.
A bipartisan trio of Senators Thursday introduced a bill that would make illegally streaming TV shows or movies a felony.
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In science:

The situation is summarized in the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, according to which such questions are declared illegal, the quantum and classical domains are distinct, the former being a mirror world providing dynamics-like rules to predict statistics of random events in the latter.
Quantum randomness emerging under gravitational nonlinearity
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
To fix this, the penalty associated with illegal clock states is made high (scaling as a high polynomial in n), effectively forcing the ground state of the Hamiltonian to reside in the subspace of legal clock states.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
The Hamiltonian (4.47) leaves this decomposition invariant, because it does not induce transitions between legal and illegal clock states.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Just as in the previous section, the total Hamiltonian leaves the decomposition into Hlegal ⊕ H⊥legal invariant while all illegal clock states violate at least one term in Hclock .
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
When the two work qubits interact with just a single clock qubit (flipping it between states before/after interaction) ambiguities and legal-illegal clock state transitions are unavoidable.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
This makes terms such as λx.x; x are legal, while λx.x || x is illegal.
Function Interface Models for Hardware Compilation: Types, Signatures, Protocols
As already mentioned, according to the type system it is legal to form terms such as (cid:104)f (x); f (x)(cid:105) but illegal to form f (f (x)) or f (x) || f (x).
Function Interface Models for Hardware Compilation: Types, Signatures, Protocols
Fast illegal state identification for improving SAT-based induction.
k-Step Relative Inductive Generalization
In this case ˙φ is very small and we can illegal ˙φ2 .
Brane Cosmology with the Chameleon Scalar Field in Bulk
It would be ultimately desirable if the use of probabilities in principlebased parsing could be used to mirror the way that a syntactic theory such as Government-Binding handles constructions — various modules of the grammar conspire to rule out illegal structures or derivations.
Parsing with Principles and Probabilities
Reproduction of a notebook fragment of uncertain origins (c. 1974) now preserved in the SLAC historical archives—unfortunately, the authors’ names have long since been rendered illegible. 2Anonymous graffiti found on numerous blackboards.
Symposium Summary
There is a reward of −10 if the taxi attempts to execute the Putdown or Pickup actions illegally.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
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