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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.

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Spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmed Jamal said in a statement today "In response to the request of Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Arab League, the Ministerial Council issued an Arab and unanimous decision to reject the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region because of its illegality and its opposition to the Iraqi constitution, and support Iraq's unity as it represents a major factor for the security and stability of the region and that the threat of this unity represents a threat to the security of the region and the ability of its countries and peoples to confront terrorism.
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On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon strongly criticised Israel's decision to build the new housing units, pointing at the illegality of them.
He said that misuse of state lands allotted for a specific purpose by illegally changing their use to residential, commercial and for building golf courses was also a huge illegality.
When this illegality was first reported, telecom companies claimed that the mobile carrier which benefits the most by providing excessive subsidies and disturbing the market is likely to hold the greatest responsibility.
"The European Council did not condemn Turkey for the illegality it has already committed, nor has it called on Turkey to stop this illegality, and it does not warn Turkey with sanctions in case it continues to conduct the illegality," said the party's spokeswoman Christiana Erotokritou.