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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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6 ha of land were illegally allocated to the Frunze-Resort for the purposes not related to the state or social needs as a result of illegal actions of local authorities.
The land illegally transferred is located adjacent to the encroached path to ancient Buddhist Stupa and monastery Dharmarajika which dates back to 3rd century B.C., and listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage and accredited for being one of the earliest Buddhist monuments and one of the 8 largest Buddhist stupas in South Asia.
"The fact that the Philippine casinos and POGOs and other forms of gambling entities are targeting Chinese customers has severely affected the Chinese side," it said, noting a "huge amount of Chinese fund" was being flown "illegally" from China to the Philippines.
Answering a supplementary question, he said the forestland was illegally allotted from Karachi to Ghotki and the forest department was making all-out efforts for the cancellation of illegal allotment at the revenue authorities' level.
NIA head Chiu Feng-kuang reminded foreign nationals working illegally in Taiwan to turn themselves in as soon as possible as a 6-month program which provides leniency to overstaying aliens who surrender voluntarily ends on June 30.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Atambayev transformed illegally 35.6 hectares of land plot.
Its time for the minister to match his words with actions and deal with government officials who are facilitating entry of the foreigners illegally and allowing them to engage in business without proper papers.
Since the beginning of this year, there has been a steady increase in attempts to illegally cross the Bulgarian-Greek border, Kichikov said, adding that in the first quarter of 2019 the number stood at 305, up 78 percent year-on-year.
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The Chinese envoy also said that the 'policy is very clear,' that it's up to the Philippine government to deal with Chinese nationals illegally working here in the country.
If they are working illegally here, it's up to you to deal with the issue in accordance with your law.
After acting on a tip-off police found four men and three women, all from Georgia, living illegally in Cyprus in a flat in Kato Paphos.