from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Prohibited by law.
- adj. Prohibited by official rules: an illegal pass in football.
- adj. Unacceptable to or not performable by a computer: an illegal operation.
- n. An illegal immigrant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
- adj. Forbidden by established rules
- adj. Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.
- adj. Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.
- n. An illegal immigrant.
- n. An illegal resident spy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not according to, or authorized by, law; specif., contrary to, or in violation of, human law; unlawful; illicit; hence, immoral
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not legal; contrary to law; unlawful; illicit: as, an illegal act; illegal commerce.
- Synonyms Illegal, Felonious, etc. (See criminal.) Unlawful, Illegitimate, etc. (See lawful.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
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.
One-size-fits-all criminal label What's more, the term "illegal immigrant" is imprecise.
Three years ago, he said the term "illegal immigrant" should not be used, arguing that "being in this country without documentation is not a crime."
I think the word "illegal" which is part of the term illegal alien, justify's the Sheriff's actions.
A campaign run by the always-chingón Applied Research Center publishers of the even-more-chingón magazine, Colorlines is seeking that everyone stop using the term "illegal" outright, or at the least resort to using the awkward I-word stand-in.
Amnesty supporters refuse to use the term illegal aliens, preferring instead undocumented aliens.
I used the term illegal with the intent to emphasize its immorality is so great it is practically and indeed illegal to use the date BCE.
Neither does it impose criminal sanction for an attempt to mimic marriage by contract; the term illegal meaning something different from the term unenforceable.