Adjective "illegal" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ɪˈliːɡ(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
  1. 'If it cannot protect them from drugs then it should protect them from illegal drugs and gangsters.'
  2. 'He was charged with possession of illegal substances and a public order offence.'
  3. 'It is one of the biggest cases of Internet piracy and illegal copying ever discovered.'
  4. 'He was sentenced to four years for illegal possession of the firearm with intent to endanger life.'
  5. 'We offer advice on the procedures to get court orders to remove illegal encampments.'
  6. 'So it was cruel of York police to choose this week to announce a major crackdown on illegal driving.'
  7. 'They need to be believe that illegal activity is going on in premises before searching them.'
  8. 'Taking any other type of drug is also an illegal activity so surely one can lead to the other.'
  9. 'He thinks it will be difficult to prove it is his voice on the bootleg, illegal version.'
  10. 'Many illegal drugs have to be imported into this country from different parts of the world.'

noun

A person living in a country without official authorization.
  1. 'Another gain for illegals is the campaign to allow them to attend state universities at the in-state resident rate.'
  2. 'Immigration officials say those illegals come from more than 100 countries.'
  3. 'Others may not wish to increase legal immigration without first cutting back on the illegals.'
  4. 'I've got another one $1 that a poll would reveal that most Americans would like all illegals deported.'
  5. 'People who insist that all illegals be deported have an excellent point, and I think they're right.'
  6. 'The large number of births to illegals shows that the longer illegal immigration is allowed to persist, the harder the problem is to solve.'
  7. 'These poor illegals, mostly of them are Mexican, and they are not coming into this country to do anything other than find a job.'
  8. 'But whether illegals are the sort of immigrants he really wants to attract is another matter.'
  9. 'Instead, for whatever reason, the Democrats want to have illegals here to use as political pawns.'
  10. 'By talking tough on illegals, politicians have been able to defend high levels of legal immigration.'

Definitions

1. forbidden by law or statute.

2. contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc.: The referee ruled that it was an illegal forward pass. noun

3. Informal. illegal alien.

More examples(as adjective)

"rules can be illegal in places."

"drugs can be illegal in places."

"demonstrations can be illegal in places."

"whichs can be illegal in places."

"methods can be illegal in places."

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Origin

Early 17th century: from French illégal or medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- ‘not’ + legalis ‘according to the law’.