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[ih-lee-guh l] /ɪˈli gəl/

forbidden by law or statute.
contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc.:
The referee ruled that it was an illegal forward pass.
Informal. .
forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit
unauthorized or prohibited by a code of official or accepted rules
a person who has entered or attempted to enter a country illegally

1620s, from French illégal or directly from Medieval Latin illegalis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + Latin legalis (see legal). Term illegal immigrant first recorded 1892 in American English (illegal immigration is from 1887).


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