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Synonyms for illegal
ɪˈli gəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illegal(adj)

    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


  1. illegal(adjective)

    Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

    felonious, criminal, unlawful, illicit

    legal, lawful

  2. illegal(adjective)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. illegal(a.)

    unlawful, illicit, unlicensed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. illegal(a)

    illicit, unlawful, contraband, unlicensed, illegitimate


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  1. Tianjin Port No. 5:

    This matter was caused completely by the illegal operations of the agent and a related downstream trader and the port company did not itself sign...or participate in any unauthorised cargo release, hence, the port company was not involved in any transgression. Furthermore, to protect its legal rights, the port company has already initiated legal proceedings.

  2. Lionel Jensen:

    This action is just the most recent in an extra-legal or illegal pattern of apprehending civil rights lawyers, these are dark days in China, to be sure.

  3. Gregory Poling:

    It lets The US very clearly call out China's activities as illegal, not just destabilizing or unhelpful, but to say this is illegal, that helps partners like Vietnam and the Philippines, and it's going to put pressure on other countries -- the Europeans, for instance -- to get off the fence and say something themselves.

  4. William Rick Singer:

    You haven't done anything wrong yet so please don't say anything that would be harmful to you guys because you haven't done anything, which was absolutely illegal.

  5. Jamarcus Glover:

    $8K for him and that she had been handling all my money. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Glover denied that Taylor had any money for him and said she was not involved in any drug activities. Authorities investigating Glover prior to Taylors death had seen packages delivered to her residence addressed to Glover, and Glover was seen leaving her house with parcels that he took back to hisalleged drug house, according to the arrest affidavit. Getting shoes and clothes coming through the mail is not illegal, nothing illegal at all.

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  • غير شرعيArabic
  • il·legalCatalan, Valencian
  • ilegálníCzech
  • rechtswidrig, illegalGerman
  • άνομος, έκνομος, παράνομος, λαθρομετανάστης, απαγορευμένοςGreek
  • ilegalSpanish
  • ebaseaduslikEstonian
  • [[laiton]] [[maahanmuuttaja]], vastainen, laitonFinnish
  • sans-papiers, illégalFrench
  • neamhdhleathachIrish
  • ilícitoGalician
  • 違法, 不法, 不法入国者Japanese
  • უკანონოGeorgian
  • qaçax, yasax, memnûh, qedexe, derqanûn, neqanûnîKurdish
  • недозволен, илегален, незаконит, незаконски, неправилен, нелегален, противзаконскиMacedonian
  • illegaal, onwettig, sans-papiers, strafbaarDutch
  • ilegalPortuguese
  • ilegal, nelegalRomanian
  • [[нелега́льный]] [[иммигра́нт]], неве́рный, непра́вильный, нелега́лка, незако́нный, нелега́л, [[нелегальный, неправоме́рный, нелега́льныйRussian
  • lagstridig, illegal, olagligSwedish
  • haramuSwahili
  • yasa dışıTurkish
  • bất hợp phápVietnamese

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