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Synonyms for illegal
ɪˈli gəlil·le·gal

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  1. illegaladjective

    Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

    felonious, criminal, unlawful, illicit

    legal, lawful

  2. illegaladjective

    Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. illegal

    Every criminal act is illegal or unlawful, but illegal or unlawful acts may not be criminal. Offenses against public law are criminal; offenses against private rights are merely illegal or unlawful. As a general rule, all acts punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, are criminal in view of the law. It is illegal for a man to trespass on another's land, but it is not criminal; the trespasser is liable to a civil suit for damages, but not to indictment, fine, or imprisonment. A felonious act is a criminal act of an aggravated kind, which is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or by death. A flagitious crime is one that brings public odium. Vicious refers to the indulgence of evil appetites, habits, or passions; vicious acts are not necessarily criminal, or even illegal; we speak of a vicious horse. That which is iniquitous, i. e., contrary to equity, may sometimes be done under the forms of law. Ingratitude is sinful, hypocrisy is wicked, but neither is punishable by human law; hence, neither is criminal or illegal. Compare SIN.

    abominable, criminal, culpable, felonious, flagitious, guilty, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, sinful, unlawful, vicious, vile, wicked, wrong

    innocent, just, lawful, legal, meritorious, moral, right, virtuous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. illegaladjective

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

    "an illegal chess move"

    juristic, legitimate, court-ordered, ratified, judicial, lawful, sub judice, legal, jural, licit, statutory, sanctioned

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. illegaladjective

    unlawful, illicit, unlicensed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. illegaladjective

    illicit, unlawful, contraband, unlicensed, illegitimate


  1. List of known nicknames for "Illegal":

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How to use illegal in a sentence?

  1. Mitch McConnell:

    Apparently they believe the issue of illegal immigration is more important than anything else, than the government services the American people depend on.

  2. Michael Avenatti:

    The videotape depicts Mr. Kelly engaged in illegal sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. It is approximately 55 minutes in length, it leaves no question as to Mr. Kelly's guilt on the tape.

  3. Merrick Garland:

    Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to the nation's core values.

  4. Lori Lightfoot:

    If the President is truly sincere about wanting to help. There are a number of things that the federal government is uniquely qualified to do that we could use his help with. And they all revolve around the fact that we have way too many illegal guns on our streets.

  5. Andrew Young:

    Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it.

Translations for illegal

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  • غير شرعيArabic
  • il·legalCatalan, Valencian
  • ilegálníCzech
  • illegal, rechtswidrigGerman
  • άνομος, λαθρομετανάστης, έκνομος, απαγορευμένος, παράνομοςGreek
  • ilegalSpanish
  • ebaseaduslikEstonian
  • laiton, [[laiton]] [[maahanmuuttaja]], vastainenFinnish
  • illégal, sans-papiersFrench
  • neamhdhleathachIrish
  • ilícitoGalician
  • 不法入国者, 違法, 不法Japanese
  • უკანონოGeorgian
  • derqanûn, yasax, qedexe, qaçax, memnûh, neqanûnîKurdish
  • нелегален, противзаконски, неправилен, незаконски, незаконит, недозволен, илегаленMacedonian
  • illegaal, onwettig, strafbaar, sans-papiersDutch
  • ilegalPortuguese
  • ilegal, nelegalRomanian
  • [[нелега́льный]] [[иммигра́нт]], нелега́льный, неве́рный, неправоме́рный, непра́вильный, нелега́лка, [[нелегальный, нелега́л, незако́нныйRussian
  • lagstridig, olaglig, illegalSwedish
  • haramuSwahili
  • yasa dışıTurkish
  • bất hợp phápVietnamese

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