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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ILLEGAL

With a man of that sort scrupulousness was a misplaced and even an illegal sentiment.

They'll do their best to get him, and if they do there'll be trouble of an illegal nature.

After all persuasions had failed, we had tried threats: the thing he purposed to do was illegal.

He had no wish to be discovered there—his entrance had been too irregular, too illegal, for that.

That is to say, somewhere and at some time there has been a transfer of that property that was illegal.

Their meeting itself was illegal, and our license has been abused.

And a decree had been passed, making it illegal to submit any such proposition about the walls.

The sale was illegal, inasmuch as the bonds were sold on a credit.

In other words, if it was not illegal—there was no doubt of its legality—it was an incivility.

He was told that his mutilation and imprisonment had been illegal!

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, from French illégal or directly from Medieval Latin illegalis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Latin legalis (see legal). Term illegal immigrant first recorded 1892 in American English (illegal immigration is from 1887).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ILLEGAL

banned

adjectiveoutlawed
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