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NOUN (1)

1. goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law;


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. distributed or sold illicitly;
- Example: "the black economy pays no taxes"
[syn: bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contraband \Con"tra*band\, n. [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.] 1. Illegal or prohibited traffic. [1913 Webster] Persons the most bound in duty to prevent contraband, and the most interested in the seizures. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden. [1913 Webster] 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.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contraband \Con"tra*band\, a. Prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade. [1913 Webster] The contraband will always keep pace, in some measure, with the fair trade. --Burke. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contraband \Con"tra*band\, v. t. 1. To import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle. [Obs.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To declare prohibited; to forbid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The law severly contrabands Our taking business of men's hands. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

contraband adj 1: distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes" [syn: bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled] n 1: goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

116 Moby Thesaurus words for "contraband": Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition Party, Volstead Act, actionable, against the law, anarchic, anarchistic, anomic, ban, banned, barred, black-market, bootleg, bootleg liquor, chargeable, cigarette smuggling, cigarettes, contrabandage, contrary to law, criminal, denial, disallowance, disapproved, dope, dope smuggling, drugs, embargo, excluded, exclusion, felonious, flawed, forbade, forbid, forbiddance, forbidden, forbidden fruit, forbidding, gunrunning, hot, hot goods, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, impermissible, index, index expurgatorius, index librorum prohibitorum, inhibition, injunction, interdict, interdiction, interdictum, irregular, jewel smuggling, jewels, justiciable, law, lawless, narcotics, narcotics smuggling, no-no, nonconstitutional, nonlegal, nonlicit, nonpermissible, not permitted, off limits, out of bounds, outlaw, outlawed, preclusion, prevention, prohibited, prohibition, prohibitory injunction, proscribed, proscription, punishable, refusal, rejection, repression, restrictive covenants, ruled out, ruling out, rumrunning, run, shut out, smuggled goods, smuggling, statute, stolen goods, sumptuary laws, suppression, taboo, tabooed, triable, unallowed, unauthorized, unconstitutional, under the ban, under-the-counter, under-the-table, unlawful, unlicensed, unofficial, unpermissible, unsanctioned, unstatutory, untouchable, unwarrantable, unwarranted, verboten, vetoed, wrongful, zoning, zoning laws
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

CONTRABAND, mar. law. Its most extensive sense, means all commerce which is carried on contrary to the laws of the state. This term is also used to designate all kinds of merchandise which are used, or transported, against the interdictions published by a ban or solemn cry. 2. The term is usually applied to that unlawful commerce which is so carried on in time of war. Merlin, Repert. h.t. Commodities particularly useful in war are contraband as arms, ammunition, horses, timber for ship building, and every kind of naval stores. When articles come into use as implements of war, which were before innocent, they may be declared to be contraband. The greatest difficulty to decide what is contraband seems to have occurred in the instance of provisions, which have not been held to be universally contraband, though Vattel admits that they become so on certain occasions, when there is an expectation of reducing an enemy by famine. 3. In modern times one of the principal criteria adopted by the courts for the decision of the question, whether any particular cargo of provisions be confiscable as contraband, is to examine whether those provisions be in a rude or manufactured state; for all articles, in such examinations, are treated with greater indulgence in their natural condition than when wrought tip for the convenience of the enemy's immediate use. Iron, unwrought, is therefore treated with indulgence, though anchors, and other instruments fabricated out of it, are directly contraband. 1 Rob. Rep. 1 89. See Vattel, b. 3, c. 7 Chitty's L. of Nat. 120; Marsh. Ins. 78; 2 Bro. Civ., Law, 311; 1 Kent. Com. 135; 3 Id. 215. 4. Contraband of war, is the act by which, in times of war, a neutral vessel introduces, or attempts to introduce into the territory of, one of the belligerent parties, arms, ammunition, or other effects intended for, or which may serve, hostile operations. Merlin, Repert. h.t. 1 Kent, Com. 135; Mann. Comm. B. 3, c. 7; 6 Mass. 102; 1 Wheat. 382; 1 Cowen, 56 John. Cas. 77, 120.