Illegal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈliːɡl|  American pronunciation of the word illegal
Brit.  |ɪˈliːɡ(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word illegal

adjective

- prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

an illegal chess move

Examples

In this state, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol.

The team was penalized for an illegal play.

It is illegal to drive while intoxicated.

It is illegal to sell tobacco to someone under 16.

They entered the country illegally.

Illegals are still slipping through in unacceptable numbers.

Two players were suspended for illegal drug use.

The player was penalized for an illegal hit from behind.

He was penalized for an illegal check.

Have you ever taken any illegal drugs?

The state is trying to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs.

...charged that the cable companies had formed an illegal combine for the purpose of keeping rates artificially high...

The new town law makes it illegal to burn trash.

...a political activist who thinks the government's lease of public lands to logging companies amounts to an illegal land grab...

The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment.

Word forms

noun
singular: illegal
plural: illegals
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