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Meaning of CONTRABAND

Pronunciation:  'kântru`band

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
  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.
                                                   --Burke.
    
    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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