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  • adj. Of partial or questionable legality.


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semi- +‎ legal


  • For $25, you can visit a "semilegal" firing range in Cambodia. $135 gets you a 2 hour course in gladiator school in Rome.

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  • In the 1910s, semilegal vice commissions were formed in virtually every major city with the goal of the “absolute annihilation of the Social Evil.”

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  • A pioneer of rural development, it had been at the front line of the semilegal town-and-village enterprise movement in the 1980s that went on to become a driving force of the national economy.

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  • Trade with Iraq has rebounded to an estimated $1 billion annually, much of it semilegal oil trading by Kurd-ish groups.

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  • Certainly she had not foreseen her eventual membership on an "advisory" committee that was semilegal at best.

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  • There were people I might have asked to join me on the Barky Hunt: a smart young bodybuilder and an ex-ZP officer who'd started as hired hands and later became my friends; a small group of retired Rampart security agents recruited by Karl Nazarian to assist my semilegal campaign against Galapharma; even several private investigators I'd worked with during my Reversionist period.

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  • Later upon the very evening that Switters had hired Inti, the Indian had been caught trying to peddle the ocelot on the fringe of Pucallpa's semilegal parrot market.

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  • There was a legal term for it, with a number of semilegal implications.

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  • The wealth of Kezdet s few was based on the sufferings of the many; its low-tech mines and factories were served by unwanted children brought from nearby systems and kept in bondage by a semilegal system which treated them as debtors who must work off their debts.

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  • If the company wanted to play coy with a semilegal visit to a semilegal project, that was okay by him.

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