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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)

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The ministry's inspection teams raided the warehouse following information on the illegal operations being carried out on the premises.
The procedure followed by the ministry, under The Private Schools and Institutes Law, stipulates that the ministry must carefully examine each accusation made on the illegal operation of a private school, and must subsequently refer the case to the police, who bear the responsibility of the investigation and referral of any illegal activity to relevant judicial authorities.
I wanted to know, ``When the computer says I've performed an illegal operation and will be struck off the register, how can I discover what I did wrong?''
Headlines such as "Her Horrible Death," "Young Life Cut Off Very Suddenly," "Illegal Operation Results in Death of Woman and a Charge of Murder" carried the moral that the woman who tried to interfere with nature inevitably paid a terrible price.(107) Such lurid stories made good copy.
Meanwhile, a group of traders of Super Market on Wednesday protested against the DMA for launching, what they said, illegal operation in verandas of market.
Rivera said they have received information on the illegal operation of Ortaneza so they staged the operation on Wednesday night.
Abdul Mahdi also confirmed in his government program the accountability of any illegal operation, before or after the formation of the new government in order to exploit the position or gain certain benefits by any party.
According to sources, the 11 suspects, including doctors and agents were arrested while performing an illegal operation in a building on Seetiana Road.
Due to lucrative payouts for low-background steel in China, the illegal operation has high demand and the hunt has intensified in the last two years.
Islamabad -- CDA's Enforcement Wing has made an abortive attempt to carry out illegal operation on the land of small dams that comes under Punjab government.
Officials informed that the activities were going on for many days and they finally bust the illegal operation.
He revealed that 11 of the illegals caught during raids were also involved in the illegal operation of providing telephone calls in violation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Act.