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CLANDESTINE. That which is done in secret and contrary to law.
     2.Generally a clandestine act in case of the limitation of actions will prevent the act from running. A clandestine marriage is one which has been contracted without the form which the law has prescribed for this important contract. Alis. Princ. 543

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Protected by special laws (in themselves, inaccessible to the wider public or to the citizens) and organised by military regulations, yet preferring clandestineness, the DGPP was the institution of censorship which, alongside the Security Direction, represented one of the most feared and despised instruments of the communist state in Romania during the first three decades of the regime.
At times, the dark, quasi-unreadable video image mimes the very clandestineness and shadowy ambiguity of the illegal workers' status.
The Council, however, though recognizing previously contracted clandestine marriages had ruled that clandestineness would be an impediment to validity thenceforth (Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, 24th session, chap.