Definitions for: Contraband


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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.

Synonyms: black, black-market, bootleg, illegal, smuggled

See Also: merchandise, product, wares

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