[ kon-truh-band ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌbænd /
anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported.
goods imported or exported illegally.
illegal or prohibited trade; smuggling.
International Law. contraband of war.
(during the American Civil War) a black slave who escaped to or was brought within the Union lines.
prohibited from export or import.
Words nearby contraband
Origin of contraband
OTHER WORDS FROM contrabandnon·con·tra·band, noun, adjective
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What, then, is to be done with a cargo of non-contraband goods detained under the declaration?
British Dictionary definitions for non-contraband
/ (ˈkɒntrəˌbænd) /
- goods that are prohibited by law from being exported or imported
- illegally imported or exported goods
illegal traffic in such goods; smuggling
Also called: contraband of war international law goods that a neutral country may not supply to a belligerent
(during the American Civil War) a Black slave captured by the Union forces or one who escaped to the Union lines
- forbidden by law from being imported or exported
- illegally imported or exported
Derived forms of contrabandcontrabandist, noun
Word Origin for contraband
C16: from Spanish contrabanda, from Italian contrabando (modern contrabbando), from Medieval Latin contrabannum, from contra- + bannum ban, of Germanic origin
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Cultural definitions for non-contraband
Goods illegally transported across borders to avoid the payment of taxes.
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