AskDefine | Define illegal

Dictionary Definition

illegal adj : prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move" [ant: legal]

User Contributed Dictionary



From il- (an assimilated version of in-) + legal. In senses relating to immigration, via back-formation or clipping from illegal alien or illegal immigrant.



  1. Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
  2. Not permitted by rules
    Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.
  3. In the context of "stamp-collecting|of an issue printed for collectors": Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.
  4. In the context of "of an immigrant": Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.


Contrary to or forbidden by law
  • Catalan: il·legal
  • Dutch: strafbaar
  • German: illegal
  • Kurdish: neqanûnî, qedexe, memnûh, yasax, qaçax, derqanûn
  • Romanian: ilegal
  • Russian: незаконный, нелегальный
  • Spanish: ilegal
Not permitted by rules
  • Catalan: il·legal
  • Kurdish: qedexe, memnûh
  • Romanian: ilegal
  • Russian: неправильный, неверный


An illegal immigrant
  • Russian: нелегал



  1. illegal

Extensive Definition

Illegal, or unlawful, is used to describe something that is prohibited or not authorized by law or, more generally, by rules specific to a particular situation (such as a game).
Illegal may also refer to:

See also

illegal in Simple English: Illegal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1