- forbidden by law or statute.
- contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc.: The referee ruled that it was an illegal forward pass.
- Informal: Disparaging and Offensive. illegal alien.
Origin of illegal
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Related Words for illegallyunjustifiably, overly, unreasonably, unjustly, too, unfairly, extremely, improperly, inordinately, disproportionately, immensely, unnecessarily, illegally, unlawfully, wrongly, inexcusably, over, ever, overmuch, extravagantly
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Contemporary Examples of illegally
Today, a lack of provenance often means one of two things: an artifact is forged or an artifact was illegally acquired.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
In 2010, however, a Georgian court sentenced Batirashvili to three years of jail for illegally possessing a weapon.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
Rawashda, an undocumented Palestinian in Israel illegally, was taken into custody.Gay Palestinians In Israel: The 'Invisible Men'
August 13, 2014
RAMON: (Seething with contempt) Secret ant landing strips, illegally established on foreign soil.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat
August 10, 2014
“I did a walk in 1973 illegally in the northern side of the Sydney Harbor Bridge,” he says.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of illegally
But would they admit it to us, and, above all, would they admit they had obtained her illegally?Things as They Are
In 1923 he entered the United States illegally and remained for two years.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
And this, as has been seen, was practically but illegally accomplished.History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
And when not able to get them legally, they have continued their efforts to get them illegally.East-West Trade Trends
Harold E. Stassen
I was terribly sore, for I knew I had been illegally treated.The Autobiography of a Thief
- forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit
- unauthorized or prohibited by a code of official or accepted rules
- a person who has entered or attempted to enter a country illegally