Definition of "illegal" [il•le•gal]

  • (adjective) Prohibited by law.
  • (adjective) Prohibited by official rules: an illegal pass in football.
  • (adjective) Unacceptable to or not performable by a computer: an illegal operation.
  • (noun) An illegal immigrant.

Use "illegal" in a sentence

  • "Calling illegal immigrants 'undocumented workers' does not lessen the fact that they are * illegal*, that they have broken our laws and should be treated as such."
  • "In terms of language, one of the toughest battles today is over the widespread use of the term "illegal immigrant," made popular by conservatives in an attempt to dehumanize undocumented immigrants."
  • "For those entering illegally, the term illegal immigrant is preferred."

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