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Pronunciation:  'kântru`band

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
  2. [adj]  distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"

CONTRABAND is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: black, black-market, bootleg, illegal, smuggled
 See Also: merchandise, product, wares



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con"tra*band\, n. [It. contrabando; contra + bando
    ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See {Ban} an edict.]
    1. Illegal or prohibited traffic.
             Persons the most bound in duty to prevent
             contraband, and the most interested in the seizures.
    2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of
       which is forbidden.
    3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was
       brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered
       contraband of war. [U.S.]
    {Contraband of war}, that which, according to international
       law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at
       the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved
       belligerent. --Wharton.
  2. \Con"tra*band\, a.
    Prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as,
    contraband goods, or trade.
          The contraband will always keep pace, in some measure,
          with the fair trade.                     --Burke.
  3. \Con"tra*band\, v. t.
    1. To import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle.
       [Obs.] --Johnson.
    2. To declare prohibited; to forbid. [Obs.]
             The law severly contrabands Our taking business of
             men's hands.                          --Hudibras.
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