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illegal

  
  ( illegals    plural  )
1       adj   If something is illegal, the law says that it is not allowed.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf  
It is illegal to intercept radio messages..., ...illegal drugs.     
  illegally      adv   ADV with v  
They were yesterday convicted of illegally using a handgun...     
  illegality     ( illegalities    plural)    n-var  
There is no evidence of illegality.     
2       adj   Illegal immigrants or workers have travelled into a country or are working without official permission.  
ADJ n  
      Illegal immigrants or workers are sometimes referred to as illegals., n-count  
...a clothing factory where many illegals worked.     
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illegal

  
  
actionable     (Law)   banned, black-market, bootleg, criminal, felonious, forbidden, illicit, lawless, off limits, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed, unauthorized, unconstitutional, under-the-counter, under-the-table, unlawful, unlicensed, unofficial, wrongful  
  
Antonyms     
   lawful, legal, licit, permissible  

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n.
A plan done for something bad or illegal.
I will never scheme in the future because it is a bad thing to do.
n.
Cyberextortion is online crime threatening to attack a person coupled with demand of illegal gains to stop the attack
[Leg.];[Tech.] online threat to gain illegal gains
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