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il·le·gal

illegal

 
 
pronunciation:
ih li gl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: against the law or rules; not lawful.
Stealing is illegal.
 
synonyms:
outlawed, unlawful
antonyms:
lawful, legal, legitimate
similar words:
banned, criminal, unconstitutional
derivation: illegally (adv.)
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The word illegal contains the following parts:
il-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix il-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with "l," such as "leg." See in-2
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leg1 Latin root that means law