Illegal, or unlawful, typically describes something that is explicitly prohibited by
Law is a system of rules created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior,Robertson, ''Crimes against humanity'', 90. with its precise definition a matter of longstanding debate. It has been variously descr ...
, or is otherwise forbidden by a state or other governing body.
Illegal may also refer to:
Violation of law
A wrong (from Old English – 'crooked') is an act that is illegal or immoral. Legal wrongs are usually quite clearly defined in the law of a state and/or jurisdiction. They can be divided into civil wrongs and crimes (or ''criminal offences'') i ...
In ordinary language, a crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state or other authority. The term ''crime'' does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition,Farmer, Lindsay: "Crime, definitions of", in C ...
, the practice of breaking the
Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It proscribes conduct perceived as threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people inclusive of one's self. Most criminal law is ...
* An illegal immigrant, a person that performed
Illegal immigration refers to the migration of people into a country in violation of the immigration laws of that country, or the continued residence without the legal right to live in that country. Illegal immigration tends to be financially up ...
* ''The Illegal'' (novel)
(2015), by Canadian writer Lawrence Hill
* ''Illegal'' (1932 film)
* ''Illegal'' (1955 film)
* ''Illegal'' (2010 film)
* ''The Illegal'' (2019), film starring
Suraj Sharma (born 21 March 1993) is an Indian actor who made his debut in the 2012 film ''Life of Pi''. Directed by Ang Lee, the film was adapted from the novel of the same name, and earned Sharma critical acclaim as well as a BAFTA Rising Sta ...
Illegal was a short-lived hip hop duo composed of Jamal Phillips (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Malik Edwards (Holly Hill, South Carolina) that was signed to Rowdy Records. The duo was known to be affiliated with the hip-hop collective Hit Squad, ...
, a 1990s rap group
* "Illegal" (song)
, a track from pop singer Shakira's 2005 release, ''Oral Fixation Vol. 2''
The Illegal (disambiguation)The Illegal may refer to:
*''Alambrista!'', a 1977 film directed by Robert M. Young
*''The Illegal'' (novel), a 2015 novel by Lawrence Hill
*''The Illegal'' (film), a 2019 Indian American English-language drama film written and directed by Danish Re ...
Illegalism is a tendency of anarchism that developed primarily in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland during the early 1900s as an outgrowth of individualist anarchism. Illegalists embrace criminality either openly or secretly as a lifestyle. I ...
, an anarchist philosophy which openly embraced criminality as a lifestyle