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illegal

1) adj. in violation of statute, regulation or ordinance, which may be criminal or merely not in conformity. Thus, an armed robbery is illegal, and so is an access road which is narrower than the county allows, but the violation is not criminal. 2) a person residing in a country of which he/she is not a citizen and who has no official permission to be there. (See: alien, illegal immigrant)

illegal

adjective actionable, against the law, banned, contrary to law, criminal, exceeding the law, felonious, forbidden, illegitimate, illicit, impermissible, inlicitus, invalid, lawless, not according to law, not allowed, not approved, not authorized by law, not covered by law, not permitted, not valid, outlawed, outside the law, prohibited, prohibited by law, proscribed, punishable, quod contra leges fit, unauthorized, unchartered, unjustified, unlawful, unsanctioned, unwarrantable, unwarranted, vetitus, without authority, wrongful
Associated concepts: illegal acts, illegal business, illegal commination, illegal contract, illegal detention, illegal discriminaaion, illegal force, illegal operation, illegal picketing, illegal possession, illegal practice, illegal purpose, illegal restraint, illegal sale, illegal search and seizure, illegal statute, illegal taking, illegal tax, illegal trade, illegal transaction, illegal use, mala in se, mala prohibita
See also: culpable, felonious, illicit, immoral, impermissible, improper, irregular, lawless, peccant, unauthorized, unlawful, usurious, wrongful

ILLEGAL. Contrary to law; unlawful.
     2. It is a general rule, that the law will never give its aid to a party who has entered into an illegal contract, whether the same be in direct violation of a statute, against public policy, or opposed to public morals. Nor to a contract which is fraudulent, which affects the defendant or a third person.
     3. A contract in violation of a statute is absolutely void, and, however disguised, it will be set aside, for no form of expression can remove the substantial defect inherent in the nature of the transaction; the courts will investigate the real object of the contracting parties, and if that be repugnant to the law, it will vitiate the transaction.
     4. Contracts against the public policy of the law, are equally void as if they were in violation of a public statute; a contract not to marry any one, is therefore illegal and void. See Void.
     5. A contract against the purity of manners is also illegal; as, for example, a agreement to cohabit unlawfully with another, is therefore void; but a bond given for past cohabitation, being considered as remuneration for past injury, is binding. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3853.
     6. All contracts which have for their object, or which may in their consequences, be injurious to third persons, altogether unconnected with them, are in general illegal and void. Of the first, an example may be found in the case where a sheriff's officer received a sum of money from a defendant for admitting to bail, and agreed to pay the bail, part of the money which was so exacted. 2 Burr. 924. The case of a wager between two persons, as to the character of a third, is an example of the second class. Cowp. 729; 4 Camp. 152; 1 Rawle, 42; 1 B. & A. 683. Vide Illicit; Unlawful.

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Fisher said his office would seek forfeiture of Ramsey's home and four vehicles, which Fisher alleged were bought with the proceeds of the illegal operation.
Further afield, illegal operations "almost killed" the market in the United States and has harmed the market immensely in Europe, according to Al Naqbi.
He was fined pounds 4,545 after magistrates at Blackburn, Lancs, pulled the plug on his illegal operation on the green belt at Darwen.
Police have no evidence that the Moorpark business knew about the illegal operation, Nelson added.
The illegal operation was set up in April in a farmer's house in Panyu, Guangdong, the southern Chinese province where many pirate disc makers are suspected of operating.
In Florida and other states, penalties for illegal operation of overweight trucks have become nothing more than a cost of doing business.
Robert Lally is now serving 15 months for evading revenue by running the huge illegal operation.
Fireman'' and ``what role, if any, anyone in his campaign had in this illegal operation.
In severe cases, spyware has been known to cause system slowdowns, illegal operation errors, browser crashes and even system failures.
Defense attorneys want to see if the illegal operation cast a shadow on any of the officers involved in the murder case or might undermine the testimony of prosecution witnesses.
Oxidized ore in both zones has essentially been removed over the last few years by surface mining operations, indeed one illegal operation was observed during the inspection.
Vineet K Chhabra, 32, from Florida, admitted last year he was behind an illegal operation that made $25million a year.