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Illegal vs. Legal

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  • Illegal (adjective)

    Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

    "This is illegal, you know!"

    "Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution"

    "their illegal mining operations in Asia, Africa and elsewhere, are protected by officials and police paid to look the other way – and powerful customers in the construction industry who prefer not to ask too many questions."

  • Illegal (adjective)

    Forbidden by established rules.

    "Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess."

  • Illegal (adjective)

    Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.

  • Illegal (adjective)

    Being or doing something illegally.

    "illegal immigrant;"

    "illegal logger;"

    "illegal pilot"

  • Illegal (adjective)

    Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.

  • Illegal (noun)

    An illegal act or technique.

  • Illegal (noun)

    Contraband, esp. illegal substances such as drugs.

  • Illegal (noun)

    An illegal immigrant.

  • Illegal (noun)

    A spy working abroad illegally and undercover, without visible ties to his or her country’s authorities.

  • Legal (adjective)

    Relating to the law or to lawyers.

    "legal profession"

  • Legal (adjective)

    Having its basis in the law.

    "legal precedent"

  • Legal (adjective)

    Being allowed or prescribed by law.

    "legal motion"

  • Legal (adjective)

    Above the age of consent or the legal drinking age.

  • Legal (noun)

    The legal department of a company.

    "Legal wants this in writing."

  • Legal (noun)

    Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).

  • Legal (noun)

    A spy who is attached to, and ostensibly employed by, an embassy, military outpost, etc.

Wiktionary
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  • Illegal (adjective)

    Not according to, or authorized by, law; specif., contrary to, or in violation of, human law; unlawful; illicit; hence, immoral; as, an illegal act; illegal trade; illegal love.

  • Legal (adjective)

    Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.

  • Legal (adjective)

    According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation.

  • Legal (adjective)

    Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Illegal (adjective)

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules;

    "an illegal chess move"

  • Legal (adjective)

    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

  • Legal (adjective)

    of or relating to jurisprudence;

    "legal loophole"

  • Legal (adjective)

    having legal efficacy or force;

    "a sound title to the property"

  • Legal (adjective)

    relating to or characteristic of the profession of law;

    "the legal profession"

  • Legal (adjective)

    allowed by official rules;

    "a legal pass receiver"

Princeton's WordNet
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