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"Illegal" is an adjective which is often translated as "ilegal", and "unlawful" is an adjective which is also often translated as "ilegal". Learn more about the difference between "illegal" and "unlawful" below.
illegal(
ih
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li
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guhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unlawful)
a. ilegal
He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his illegal activities.Fue condenado a 25 años de prisión por sus actividades ilegales.
2. (sports)
a. antirreglamentario
The referee called a penalty for illegal holding.El árbitro señaló una falta por un bloqueo antirreglamentario.
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unlawful(
uhn
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la
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fuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not legal)
a. ilegal
A student at my school has been charged with unlawful possession of drugs.Han acusado a un estudiante de mi escuela de posesión ilegal de drogas.
b. ilícito
Sharon's boyfriend couldn't make enough money to live on fishing and so ended up involved in the unlawful trafficking of arms.El novio de Sharon no lograba ganar lo suficiente para vivir de la pesca y por eso terminó envuelto en el tráfico ilícito de armas.
2. (not acceptable)
a. ilícito
Drayton lost his temper when his wife accused him of having unlawful relations with his sister-in-law.Drayton perdió los estribos cuando su esposa lo acusó de mantener relaciones ilícitas con su cuñada.
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